Undefeated Chantelle Cameron, ranked the #2 female lightweight in the world by BoxRec, has joined forces with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. According to Hearn, her next fight will be for a world title and will be announced “in the next couple of weeks.”
“Matchroom and Sky are a huge platform,” said Cameron. “It’s always been in my sights and I’ve not had the chance until now to link-up, I can’t wait to get going. Day by day under Jamie [Moore] and Nigel [Travis] I’m improving but I’m still not the finished article. This time has allowed me to work in different areas I probably wouldn’t have focused on in proper training camp.
“I wasn’t expecting to become mandatory in two weights, it was a bit of a shock but I’m delighted with MTK and Jamie since we’ve all come together. The last two fights have been great matchmaking and now a world title shot is not too far away either at lightweight or super-lightweight.
“Before my first pro fight people were asking me to fight Katie. I’m a massive fan, she’s a legend and I look up to her but at the same time I’m her mandatory and I want that fight. That being said, I don’t want to be hanging around waiting - it could be years away, she has a fight lined up and is also talking about other fights.
“I want to win world titles myself and can’t be sitting around waiting for that fight. As it stands, I’m not sure what the next move is given what’s happened with COVID-19 but I’ll be ready to go when the call comes. I’m looking to put on a good show for my Matchroom debut, first impressions last.”
Cameron (12-0, 7 KO) has been vocal about her desire to challenge undisputed lightweight queen Katie Taylor; as “Wham Bam Chan” mentions, though, Taylor is currently set to rematch Delfine Persoon on August 22nd. Her other mandated title shot against 140-pound champ Jessica McCaskill will likewise have to wait, as the American fights Cecilia Braekhus one week before that.
It’s honestly not clear what title she could challenge for at the moment; Taylor holds all the lightweight belts and one of the super lightweight belts, McCaskill owns two of the other 140-pound titles, and IBF champ Mary McGee is presumably stuck behind travel restrictions. My money’s on the WBA churning out a new belt for her to fight countrywomen Nina Bradley or Cherrelle Brown for.