Chantelle Cameron was at home relaxing and recovering from a recent training session when all of a sudden, she was getting called out for one of the biggest fights of her career.
“I had just got home from a training camp in Manchester so having a bath and next thing my phone starting pinging and everyone was sending me this post from Katie, and I was a bit shocked,” she admitted.
With Amanda Serrano being forced to pull out through injury, there was a space to be filled in the main event against Katie Taylor in the much anticipated, and long overdue, homecoming bout for the Bray native at the 3Arena on May 20.
While the call-out on social media from Taylor may have caught Cameron off-guard, there was no chance the undefeated and undisputed world champion in her own weight was going to turn down the opportunity.
“No, there was no hesitation,” insisted the Englishwoman.
“I want to fight the best and I want to end my career in boxing with the chance of saying I boxed the best and the best is Katie Taylor. This is my own legacy and making my career how I want it to go. It was a no-brainer.
“At the end of the day I’m showing I’m a proper fighter because I’m putting everything on the line. I could have had a defence, an easy fight, but Katie deserves this homecoming anyway and the fact it will be such a good fight, I am glad to be a part of it.” The task now for Cameron and her trainer Jamie Moore is to formulate a plan to spoil Taylor’s big night in front of a raucous home crowd on short notice. And he is confident they can do just that having discovered some weaknesses in the Irish star.
“Yeah, we got (found) some,” claimed Moore.
“We wouldn’t be sat here for a huge fight for a woman boxer if it wasn’t for Katie Taylor and Eddie (Hearn) taking on board and creating this legacy for her. Not only are we involved in such a big fight because of Katie but we are involved in a fight with Katie.
“She has that big a stature in the sport that, regardless of who is holding the world titles, she is always going to be the figure.
“I have no doubt in my mind whatsoever that, regardless of who she (Cameron) fights around her weight division, she beats her. That’s how much faith in Chantelle’s ability. That has nothing to do with Katie, it’s just my confidence in Chantelle.”