Chantelle Cameron v Jessica McCaskill: Brit says fight ‘could change my life’


Britain’s Chantelle Cameron says her undisputed lightweight title fight against Jessica McCaskill in Abu Dhabi on Saturday is a “life-changing” opportunity.

Cameron, 31, will be looking to add the vacant WBA, IBO and WBO titles to his WBC and IBF belts.

McCaskill, the 38-year-old American welterweight champion, wants to merge the two divisions.

“This is definitely the biggest fight of my life,” Cameron told BBC Sport.

“But it’s also life-changing. This could change my life — from someone who’s never had much to being able to fight for good money that can set my future.”

“It’s unbelievable. I can’t put into words when you get those opportunities. I never thought it would happen to me.”

Cameron is undefeated in his 16 professional fights and is also a former IBO lightweight champion.

The fight with McCaskill continues to be a great year for women’s boxing, where competitions such as Katie Taylor beat Amanda Serrano in May and Claressa Shields’ victory over Savannah Marshall in the last month they have raised their resonance at the world level.

Taylor’s win marked the first time two women headlined a fight card at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden, while Shields’ win at London’s O2 Arena marked the first time women headlined a card at a major UK venue.

Cameron said those fights have helped lead to opportunities like the fight with McCaskill, along with Dmitry Bivol’s fight with Gilberto Ramirez at the Etihad Arena.

“Women’s boxing is going from strength to strength. Taylor, Shields, Savannah, (Natasha) Jonas – they’re all raising the bar,” Cameron said.

“I want to do the same thing. I want people to see me fight [inspire] for young girls or boys to go to the local boxing gym.’

Despite the success of women’s boxing this year, critics say its rules should be brought in line with men’s to bridge the gap between the two disciplines.

The women’s bout consists of 10 two-minute rounds, while the men’s bout consists of 12 three-minute rounds.

After defeating Marshall, The shield suggests A step forward for women’s boxing would be to move to 12 two-minute rounds.

“Two-minute rounds are high-tempo, high-intensity, high-action, but if you want equal rights and equal pay for men, let’s do the same for men,” Cameron said.

“With that extra minute you’re going to get more stops, more damage. We should give it to you.”

“I’ve wanted the McCaskill fight for a long time”

McCaskill holds all the belts at welterweight

McCaskill is a former WBC lightweight champion.

Cameron was due to face former WBA and WBO belt holder Kali Reis earlier this year, but the fight fell through.

“Everything happens for a reason,” he said. “I I lost my strength and I was a little frustrated, but now I got the fight I want.

“This fight gives me more of a kick than I would have before, and it’s a fight I’ve wanted for a very, very long time, so it’s worked out well.

“He’s good – tough and strong – but he’s just a fighter – he can’t really box.

“I’m not underestimating. I’m going in there knowing I’m going to have a tough night but I’m a better boxer and if anything I’m a better fighter and I can give twice what he gives. Good.

“The winner of me and McCaskill would have to give Kali Reis the shot because she gave me and McCaskill the belts to fight for this undisputed title, so it would be the right thing to do.

“I have to make sure that I manage to win.”

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