Hearn Comments On the Bad Blood Between Cameron & Ex-Trainer Shane McGuigan
Matchroom Boxing executive Eddie Hearn had no idea how deep the issues went between undisputed junior welterweight champion Chantelle “Il Capo” Cameron and Shane McGuigan, the trainer of super bantamweight title challenger Ellie Scotney.
The boxing community first learned there was an issue after a disappointed Scotney (6-0) took to social media to vent. She accused Il Capo of having her title fight with IBF champion Cherneka Johnson removed from the Katie Taylor-Cameron undercard. Cameron (17-0, 8KO) responded by expressing regret that Scotney got caught in the crossfire. However, she signed an NDA, which prevents her from being able to go into full detail about the situation.
EDDIE HEARN HAD NO IDEA IT WAS THAT BAD!
With such bad blood, why add Johnson-Scotney to the undercard? During an interview with iFL TV, Hearn admitted to not realizing how volatile the situation is between Cameron and the McGuigans.
“To be honest, I’ve read both statements, and pretty much both are accurate really. We had a situation where on the day of the press conference, we’d agreed to terms with Cherneka Johnson to fight Ellie Scotney . . . I didn’t really think or even stop to think about the previous issues between Chantelle and Shane McGuigan and the McGuigans.”
“After the press conference, Chantelle and her team were completely shocked that we put that fight on the card, bearing in mind the very volatile ex-relationship between her and Shane and the McGuigans. They were quite adamant that fight shouldn’t be on and McGuigan particularly should not be around.”
Hearn stated that Cameron was so distraught about having her former ex-trainer around that she was ready to pull out of the fight. Ultimately, he decided to pull the Johnson vs Scotney fight off the undercard. He will be looking to put Johnson-Scotney on in May or June.
“I probably shouldn’t have put the fight on the show in the first place . . . I didn’t know about the history, but I didn’t think it was that deep.”