Chantelle Cameron defeats Jessica McCaskill to become the undisputed lightweight champion


Chantelle Cameron is undefeated in 17 fights

Britain’s Chantelle Cameron became the UK’s first undisputed women’s champion after beating Jessica McCaskill by unanimous decision in Abu Dhabi.

Cameron made easy work of American McCaskill at the Etihad Arena to become the undisputed lightweight champion.

All three judges found in favor of the Briton with two scores of 96-94 and 97-93.

“I trust my team so I knew I was going to get the win,” Cameron, 31, told Dazn.

“I knew I was a better boxer, but it’s hard not to get into a scrap.”

McCaskill is the undisputed welterweight champion and moved down a tier in search of more glory, but struggled to match Cameron’s output.

Northampton’s Cameron, who extended his unbeaten streak to 17, sought a rematch with 38-year-old McCaskill at welterweight in what he hoped would be an uncontested fight in two divisions.

“He was the toughest opponent I’ve ever faced,” Cameron said.

“At 147 years old it’s indisputable [lb]I got the win by unanimous decision, let’s go again at 147 and I’m going to take those belts off him.

“I put my belts on the line so he can hit his and here we go again.”

Cameron puts on a classy show

Cameron was confident in the competition’s performance throughout the week, and he didn’t think he would be fazed by the scale of stepping into the ring. “life changing” fight.

His demeanor didn’t change after the first bell, with the Englishman sticking to his game plan and using his jab to set the pace before continuing with effective combinations.

‘El Capo’ had the first four rounds comfortably in the bag before McCaskill began to find his range.

However, McCaskill, who tasted defeat for the third time in his 15-fight career, could not turn the momentum in his favor.

Cameron reasserted his dominance in the final rounds to add the vacant WBA, IBO and WBO titles to his WBC and IBF belts.

Former IBO lightweight champion Cameron stepped up the pace again in rounds nine and 10, entering first in every exchange and making sure he had the final say at the exit.

Barrett falls short

Great Britain’s Zelfa Barrett was unsuccessful in her bid to win the vacant IBF super-featherweight title earlier in the night, losing by technical knockout to Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov in the ninth round.

Barrett, 29, made a bright start and dropped Rakhimov with an uppercut in the fourth round, but his high-energy approach proved to be his downfall as the contest entered the latter stages.

Tajikistan’s Rakhimov, 28, became the first person to win a world boxing title in the emirate when Barrett began to tire and the gaps began to widen.

The victory was sealed in the ninth round when Barrett was unable to put weight on his right leg and Rakhimov went on the attack.

Barrett’s corner from Manchester was prepared to throw in the towel as he hit the canvas for the second time, but referee Mark Nelson stepped in to waive the contest.

The ‘best in the world’ Bivol is still without a win

Dmitry Bivol won a unanimous decision to successfully defend his WBA lightweight title against Gilberto Ramirez to end the night.

In addition to beating Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, Bivol once again faced his opponent and all three judges agreed, with two scoring the contest 117-111 and the other 118-110.

The 31-year-old Russian has had a meteoric rise and has won all 21 of his fights, 11 of them by knockout.

There was little between Bivol and the 31-year-old Mexican Ramirez in the opening four rounds, but the champion cruised into the fifth round and never looked back.

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