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Former Team GB star Cameron ‘ready’ for Katie Taylor after securing mandatory status

Chantelle Cameron [11(7)-0] claims she is ready to face undisputed lightweight world champion Katie Taylor [14(6)-0] after an impressive final eliminator victory in Brentwood on Saturday night.

The former Team GB fighter outclassed vocal and heavy handed threat Anisha Basheel on the #MTKFightNight to join undefeated Spanish fighter Miriam Gutierrez [12(5)-0] as a mandatory for one of the Irish fighter’s four world titles.Ā 

The win sees the Northampton fighter move next in line for the Bray puncher’s WBC crown – Gutierrez is the WBA’s mandatory and IBF #1 – and she claims she is ready for the step up.

Taylor is looking for an opponent for her Autumn return and Cameron has been mentioned as a possible big name future opponent by her team in the past.

However, promoter Eddie Hearn has indicated the lightweight leader may attempt to become a two-weight world champion before rematching Delfine Persoon and fighting Amanda Serrano.

Former Taylor foe Jessica McCaskill, now a unified light welterweight world champ and a fellow Matchroom fighter, has been mentioned, but it’s most likely that return may be staved off and kept for a potential second unification attempt.

Regardless Cameron has earned the right to be named in the mix as a potential opponent and claims she is willing to take the fight, although does genuflect to her team in terms as to when she fights the lightweight queen.

“I’m ready,” Cameron said after the fight.

“The timescale [for the Taylor fight] is totally up to my coaches and [advisors] MTK Global.”

“I’ll just be in the gym training and when I get told I’m fighting then I’m fighting.”

Commonwealth championĀ Basheel came to the fight full of talk and confidence. The Malawian promised to build on her eight straight knockout win-streak before bringing the heat to Taylor.Ā 

Such an approach made the win all the sweeter for Cameron.

“It was great,” she added.

“She’s a big talker, isn’t she? I feel like I taught her a lesson.”

“You can’t always rely on power and I’ve got both that and a boxing brain so she got taught a lesson, like I said I was going to do.”

“I don’t actually like trash talking because I want to respect my opponents.”

“At the end of the day, we’re all women, we’re all here for the love of the sport and I don’t see the point in trash talking. I don’t like it really.”



Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com