Mary McGee Looking to Take Chantelle Cameron Into Deep Water
Matchroom Boxing, in concert with DiBella Entertainment, has announced a four-woman tournament to determine the undisputed women’s champion at 140 pounds. Two of those participants will be IBF women’s world junior welterweight champion “Merciless” Mary McGee (27-3, 15 KOs) and WBC champ Chantelle Cameron (14-0, 8 KOs). They will square off in a unification match on October 30 at the O2 Arena in London, England, live on DAZN.
3KingsBoxing affiliate Pep Talk UK as able to secure an interview with McGee after the news conference announcing the tournament. The IBF women’s champ said the tournament was a complete surprise and caught her off guard. However, she’s been clamoring for a big fight and is looking forward to Cameron.
McGee views this contest as more than a unification match. It’s also about the chance to earn more money and a bigger spotlight for women’s boxing, something she gives great credit to the CEO of Matchroom, Eddie Hearn, for.
“He has done great things in women’s boxing because it’s not too many promoters who really like to give a woman a chance. I haven’t fought for Eddie Hearn, but I hear he pays pretty well.
In women’s boxing, our money is not the same as in men’s boxing in America. I’ve heard that Eddie Hearn is pretty fair, as far as pay is concerned. I’ll find out in October.”
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She’s not concerned about facing Cameron overseas on her home turf. Two of McGee’s three defeats came against former 140-pound world champions, Holly Holm and Erica Anabella Farias. Both of those fights were on the road in enemy territory. The 34-year from Gary, Indiana respects the WBC champ but feels experience and overcoming the rough patches in her career will be a difference-maker.
“She’s one of the best fighters in my weight class, but I don’t really rate any fighters above me. I’m experienced, I have a lot of fights, I’m 27 and 3 with 15 KOs. I got a lot of experience in the losses I had. You never know what a person is going to do when they’re on the bottom.
People have seen what I’ve done from the bottom, being 27 and 3, coming back and becoming a world champion. She’s never lost. She’s never faced a fighter like me. So, I don’t know what’s she’s going to do in that type of fight. She doesn’t know, but I know what to do when I’m in trouble.”
McGee draws inspiration from three-division women’s world champion Claressa Shields. Like the self-proclaimed GWOAT of women’s boxing, she too wants to become an undisputed world champ. That’s what it’s about at the end of the day.
“My goal is to beat the best, and if a belt comes along with it, I’ll take it.”
By: Michael Wilson Jr.