THE women’s lightweight division is under the spotlight again at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday (July 20) when Chantelle Cameron meets Anisha Basheel in a final eliminator for the WBC championship. Katie Taylor holds all four major belts at 135lbs, of course. As do many others, Cameron believes Delfine Persoon is worthy of a rematch with Taylor after conceding a close majority points vote at Madison Square Garden last month following what Chantelle called an “amazing, edge-of-your seat fight.” The 28-year-old from Northampton is a believer in fair play and provided she gets past Basheel, she is happy to wait for her world title chance if, as expected, Taylor and Persoon meet in a return.
Taylor has been on Cameron’s radar since she first turned pro two years ago. As amateurs, Taylor had a win over Cameron in the semi-finals of the 2011 EU Championships. Chantelle is convinced the pros suit her better than Taylor. She’s a volume-puncher with a terrific engine.
Next for Cameron, now trained by Jamie Moore after splitting from the McGuigans, is Basheel, a 21-year-old from Blantyre, Malawi who stopped Leeds’ Sam Smith inside a round for the vacant Commonwealth crown at York Hall in June last year. That was her fourth victory inside a round and eighth straight stoppage on her 8-5 (8) record. On the evidence of those 68 seconds against Smith, Basheel is a long, lean fighter who knows how to finish opponents off once she has hurt them. Cameron has seen rather more of Basheel and says she “swings them from her boots.” She added: “I expect her to come out flying and I have to keep calm. I don’t think she has the gas to deal with my work rate. I can throw punches non-stop for 10 rounds.”