Chantelle Cameron Outboxes Jessica McCaskill to Become Undisputed!
In their latest professional squabble, super lightweight boxer Chantelle “Il Capo” Cameron (17-0, 8 KO’s) took on Jessica “CasKilla” McCaskill (12-3, 5 KO’s). For Cameron, the match was actually a defense of her IBF and WBC 140-pound titles. Also, adding tremendous motivation, the vacant WBA, WBO and IBO straps were up for grabs, making this contest a fight for undisputed status.
Cameron, 31, entered the fight riding high coming off the third defense of her WBC title and first defense of the IBF strap. Il Capo first won the vacant WBC belt over Adriana dos Santos Araujo, on October 4, 2020, then later took the IBF from Mary McGee on October 30, 2021.
McCaskill, 38, entered the bout brimming over with confidence being the undisputed welterweight champion. In fact, after toppling Cecilia Braekhus back on August 15, 2020 to become undisputed, McCaskill has defended her titles on three separate occasions. The last defense came against the challenge of Alma Ibarra, who she stopped in three rounds. If victorious, CasKilla would be undisputed, simultaneously, in two separate divisions.
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE
The opening round saw the typically aggressive McCaskill charge out to pressure Cameron immediately. Unfortunately for her, CasKilla was quite reckless and extremely wild, which led to her eating numerous sharp counters and landing sparse punches. For whatever reason, McCaskill’s balance was very bad, resulting in her offense being about as smooth as an ostrich on roller skates. This general format maintained itself through the first half of the bout with microscopic deviation.
Without question, to that point, McCaskill enjoyed her best round in the seventh. After being saddled with a cut on the bridge of her nose, Il Capo slowed a bit, allowing CasKilla the chance to connect with more meaningful blows. Cameron rebounded well in the eighth and was convincingly the ring general once again by the ninth. The two women fought toe-to-toe down the stretch even though nothing overly thrilling transpired.
When the scorecards were read, Chantelle Cameron won by way of unanimous to the tune of 97-93 and 96-94 (twice). In her post-fight interview, Cameron offered McCaskill a rematch at welterweight. Il Capo also expressed interest in facing former unified super lightweight champion Kali Reis.
By: Bakari Simpson