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Chantelle Cameron announces split from the McGuigans

Long-mooted Katie Taylor opponent Chantelle Cameron [8(5)-0] has announced her split from Irish promotional outfit Cyclone.

The Northampton lightweight linked up with Barry McGuigan‘s team in 2017 and has been trained by Shane McGuigan.

However, Cameron this evening confirmed her acrimonious departure from the company citing alleged intimidation, humiliation, and the stress of chasing money from an outfit that had “no time for a female boxer.”

The 27-year-old made these claims in a video posted to social media.

Cameron said that “I’m doing this video just to announce I’ve decided to part from Cyclone Promotions and the McGuigans.”

“Basically, I don’t know where my boxing career is heading now because it is going for legal action and I’m restricted in what I can actually say.”

“Basically I thought I was going to be leaving amicably as we had a meeting – they know the distress they have caused me and how emotional they have made me feel in my whole career by deliberately making me feel isolated, humiliated, and just deflated.”

“They had no time for a female boxer. I was supposed to be training five times a week – I never trained five times a week, I done all my training in Northampton. I was with Shane in London training three times a week.”

“My last fight was a four week camp and a lot of people noticed that my performance was terrible and not up to scratch to how I would usually perform. That was one of the reasons, the stress I’ve been going through in that team.

Cameron added in the post that she has “been caused a lot of emotional stress and isolation from the team that was suppose to have my best interests and progress my career.”

“It’s unfortunate it’s ended this way but boxing is a lonely enough sport and nobody should be made to feel so small and intimated by anybody.”

“The stress of chasing money along with trying to box at my best was just too much.”

Cameron has scored a some good wins in her short career thus far.

The English power puncher stopped Brazilian Vivane Obenauf – who went the distance with Taylor and also destroyed the career of Natasha Jonas – as well as becoming the first woman to stop Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre just two weeks after the Argentine contender had gone the distance with WBC champ Delfine Persoon.

A fight with Taylor [12(5)-0] has been suggested by many – although the Bray woman’s manager Brian Peters would instruct Cameron to raise her profile to move into consideration.

The EU silver and bronze medallist was beaten by Taylor in the semis of the 2011 tournament but certainly seems to be well-suited to the pro game.

McGuigan had last year stated his belief that Cameron would beat the Wicklow IBF-WBA champion, who looks to take the WBO belt next month, claiming that “Cameron’s the best lightweight in the world I’m telling you.”

“Katie has a good chin, again with those who disagree with me, I just feel Chantelle will be too strong, too relentless for her and will hurt her too much.”

Cyclone have worked with a number of Irish fighters over the years but none currently – with Jamie Conlan, Marco McCullough, Anto Cacace, Carl Frampton, and Conrad Cummings all having left the outfit.

Frampton is currently involved in a legal dispute with the company which is due to be resolved in May.


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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie