Two weight World Champion Chantelle Cameron faces the toughest test of her career this weekend when she looks to spoil Katie Taylor’s homecoming in Ireland. It is Undisputed vs Undisputed as Taylor steps up to Light-Welterweight as the challenger. This weeks Spotlight we take a look at the career of defending champion Cameron so far.
Born in Northampton in May 1991, 31-Year-Old Chantelle Cameron was keen on combat sports from a young age. At the age of 10, Cameron began her journey in kickboxing, later transitioning to Muay Thai at 16. She enjoyed a successful amateur career, remaining undefeated and securing titles in the IKF and WAKO organizations. However, at 18, she decided to pursue boxing, a sport that would eventually become her true calling.
Her amateur accomplishments included winning a silver medal in the light-welterweight division at the 2010 EU Championships in Keszthely, Hungary. The following year, she claimed a bronze medal at the 2011 EU Championships in Katowice, Poland, where she faced her opponent for this weekend in the semi-finals. Katie Taylor got the better of her on this occasion and went on to win the tournament.
Known as ‘Il Capo’, Cameron’s professional journey began under the guidance of Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions, with her debut on May 26, 2017. Trained by Shane McGuigan, she displayed her skill and determination, earning a six-round points decision victory against Karina Kopinska at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
In November 2017, she moved up a weight class and clinched the IBO Inter-Continental female Super-Featherweight Title with a third-round TKO victory over Edith Ramos. Just a month later, she triumphed in her first world title fight, retiring Viviane Obenauf in the sixth round to claim the IBO World Lightweight Championship.
In 2019, Cameron parted ways with Cyclone Promotions and trainer Shane McGuigan, joining MTK Global and teaming up with Jamie Moore as her trainer. This partnership marked a significant turning point in her career, setting the stage for further world title ambitions.
In July 2020, Cameron (17-0, 8 KOs) signed a multi-fight promotional contract with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom. It was under Matchroom’s banner that she would achieve remarkable feats and on October 4, 2020, Cameron faced 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Adriana Araújo for the vacant WBC female Light-Welterweight Title. In a dominant display, she secured a shutout unanimous decision victory. This win marked her first major world title.
In May 2021, Cameron successfully defended her WBC title against former world champion Melissa Hernández, earning a fifth-round TKO victory. Her next challenge came in October, where she faced IBF champion Mary McGee in a unification bout. Cameron emerged triumphant, securing a unanimous decision victory and adding the prestigious Ring magazine title to her collection.
The pinnacle of Cameron’s career arrived in November 2022 when she faced Jessica McCaskill in Abu Dhabi for the undisputed light-welterweight championship. Displaying her skill and determination, Cameron defeated McCaskill by unanimous decision, cementing her status as the United Kingdom’s first undisputed female boxing world champion.
Katie Taylor (22-0, 6 KOs) was set to face Amanda Serrano in Dublin this weekend in a rematch of their fight of the year contender from last April. Serrano had to pull out due to an injury suffered in her last fight and there were quickly calls for Cameron to take her place.
Chantelle herself called for it and when asked about the prospect Katie Taylor said she would be more then happy for Cameron to step in and the fight got over the line very quickly. Taylor is the bookies favourite to win in her hometown despite moving up a weight but many think Chantelle could cause an upset and spoil the party in Ireland!
In what is the biggest Female fight the UK and Ireland has ever seen, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top this time round after Taylors win in the amateurs. Will Cameron cause an upset? Will Katie become a 2-weight simultaneous undisputed champion? We will find out this Saturday night live on DAZN!
By Lee Browne