Chantelle Cameron Flexes Being Bigger and Stronger Than Taylor
On November 25 at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, the reigning undisputed junior welterweight champion Chantelle “Il Capo” Cameron (18-0, 8 KOs) will challenge current undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor (22-1, 6 KOs) for her titles. Cameron is hoping for the same result as their first encounter.
They previously fought on May 20, also in Dublin. Fighting in Taylor’s home country of Ireland, Cameron was able to come away with a hard-earned, tight, unanimous decision victory. There was some contention about who won, with some observers feeling Taylor deserved the verdict. But during an interview with Matchroom Boxing, Cameron said that even though she was not at her best, she did more than enough to win.
“I don’t think it was that much of a close fight where it needed a rematch, to be honest. There were a few close rounds, but I comfortably won. I’ve done it once. I’ve got to do it again and prove it wasn’t just an off night for Katie . . . But I wasn’t at my best either. That’s what motivates me.”
HUNGRIER THAN EVER
Many pundits rank Cameron as among the best women’s boxers in the world following her win over Taylor, a future Hall of Famer. But despite having her hand raised in victory, Cameron comes into his rematch feeling that she’s still fighting for a level of respect. This time around, Il Capo is on a mission to win in an even more decisive fashion.
“I don’t think I got the recognition for beating Katie. This is still Katie’s show. It’s her homecoming again, but it was important for me to have the ring walk second. The first one was a long time. I was waiting in the ring for ages.
This fight is going to be completely different. As much as I respect Katie out of the ring, inside those ropes, there’s zero respect. I have a bit of spite for this, and I’m going in there to cause damage. I know how to beat Katie. I know she can’t hurt me. I’m bigger, stronger, and I’m going to be a lot more aggressive.”