Chantelle Cameron Determined To Achieve Her Dreams
It has been no secret among women’s boxing circles that unbeaten women’s junior welterweight contender Chantelle Cameron (12-0, 7 KOs) badly wants a fight with undisputed women’s world lightweight champion Katie Taylor.
The two ladies have a long history going back to their days as amateurs. They fought multiple times, with Taylor coming out the winner on each occasion. As professionals, Cameron has called for the fight repeatedly, but so far to no avail. Taylor has gone on to reach the level of stardom and has become one of the elite women’s fighters in the world.
Frustrated at the inability to land her dream fight with Taylor, the 29-year-old from Northampton, England has decided to shift her focus. She has instead landed her first world title opportunity against WBC Women’s World Junior Welterweight champion Adriana dos Santos Araujo (6-0, 1 KO) on October 4 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England.
TIME TO MOVE ON
Guided in the ring by trainer Jamie Moore and handled outside the ring by MTK Global, Cameron is excited at the opportunity to become a world champion. As she explained during an exclusive interview with Matchroom Boxing, it is a dream come true.
“Everybody wants to fight Katie Taylor, and I would have been hanging around waiting for her. I’m 29 now and I want my own world titles.
MTK and Jamie told me to move up to super lightweight and I got my mandatory there, now I’m in this position. It’s a short career so I don’t want to be wasting my time, especially with everything that has happened this year.”
Having signed with Matchroom Boxing in June 2020, Cameron wants to make her inception with the promotional giant a memorable one.
“I’ve been waiting for this moment since I turned professional and it’s amazing, especially as I’ll be making my debut as a Matchroom fighter. It’s a dream come true.”
Cameron describes Araujo as tough and expects a war. Yet, she also sees flaws in her game as she tends to load her shots. Nine years younger than the 38-year-old defending champ, the technically sound Brit believes she has the advantage in both skill and power and is confident of victory.
GOALS, GOALS, GOALS
With a win, Cameron hopes it will be the kickstart to her ultimate goal of becoming the undisputed women’s world champion at 140-pounds. And according to her, no one is more motivated.
“I feel like I’m a lot hungrier than most. I don’t think there’s going to be anyone that is as hungry as me. I’m not going to let anyone stand in my way.
I’m 12-0 but I feel like I’ve been waiting a long time for this opportunity, I’m not looking past Adriana at all. The last thing I’ll be is complacent because I know she’s going to be tough and give me a hell of a fight.
At the end of the day, I need to get past people like Adriana if I want the big fights. The only time I take a backward step is when I want to. I’m not going to be bullied. There’s going to be fireworks.
It’s going to be a trade-off. I’m also going to box, I’m not just going to be a brawler. I’m going to aim to show a bit of everything and show people what I’m capable of, I’m not just a one-trick pony. Fingers crossed I win this and then the journey will continue where I go for the other belts and look to unify the division.”
By: Michael Wilson Jr.