With Irish star Katie Taylor’s August 22 engagement against Amanda Serrano in serious jeopardy due to a contractual dispute, Northampton’s world-rated Chantelle Cameron has reiterated her willingness to step in for the disgruntled Puerto Rican.
Cameron (12-0, 7 KOs) has looked the part as a professional thus far and currently holds mandatory positions across two weight divisions following an impressive win over Anahi Ester Sanchez (W10) in 2019.
With seven-weight world champion Serrano (40-1-1, 28 KOs) claiming to be agitated by date changes, purse considerations and communication issues, her eagerly-awaited fight with undisputed lightweight champion Taylor (15-0, 6 KOs) is looking increasingly doubtful.
Serrano had also signed up for Spanish language network Telemundo’s ‘Exatlón‘ – an obstacle course reality show and, according to some sources, her fight with Taylor is on the brink of postponement.
Should that prove the case, the stiff-punching Cameron presents an intriguing and worthy challenger closer to home though Taylor may have to face her WBA mandatory challenger Miriam Gutierrez next.
“I’d absolutely love the chance to fight Katie Taylor in August. I’ve made it very clear that Katie Taylor is my dream fight, so if I get that fight I will be ecstatic,” said Cameron. “I think I’ve got a great chance of winning it, so getting it in August would be a dream come true.
“I think the key factor against Katie would be the pressure. I’m a pressure fighter and I don’t take a step back. I don’t think Katie deals with pressure well and I’ve got the power to hurt her too.
“I’ll be relentless and in her face, throwing big heavy punches, but I do have a boxing skill set as well. I can box, I can mix it up, and I think Katie’s strengths and my strengths make for a good entertaining fight.
“It would be a great clash of styles, and I do think I could get the stoppage over Katie. After seeing some of her recent performances I think the stoppage is there for me.
“Since I’ve turned professional, me and Katie Taylor have always been on the same course,” she continued. “I know I don’t have as big a profile as Katie Taylor because she’s a legend. Her team may say there’s no point fighting me because I don’t have as big a profile, but I’m mandatory in two weight classes, and people who watch me fight and know what I can do know that I’m very capable of beating Katie Taylor.
“For Britain, it’s a fight that everybody wants to see. It would be a very competitive fight and would be brilliant for women’s boxing. People may say my profile may not be as big as Amanda Serrano or Delfine Persoon, but who had seen Persoon box before she fought Taylor?
“Who had seen Jessica McCaskill box before she fought Taylor? It shows that Taylor has boxed a lot of people with less of a profile than me.
“My dream in boxing is to become undisputed champion, so to have the fight with Taylor with all the belts on the line at once would be a fantastic achievement. I’m from Northampton, which is small town, and to put Northampton on the map would be great.”