Shantel Cameron is hoping a successful defense of her world junior welterweight titles on Saturday will lead to a mega fight against Katie Taylor or Kali Reis later this year.
The English boxer will put her WBC and IBF welterweight world belts against Victoria Bustos at the O2 Arena in London, England, on the same scoreboard as the light heavyweight bout between Joshua Buatsy and Craig Richards.
Cameron, 30 (15-0, 8 KOs), is ready to leave the division to take on Taylor, the undisputed lightweight champion of the world who defeated Amanda Serrano in April in a bout between two of women’s boxing’s best fighters.
Taylor (21-0, 6 KOs), 35, from Ireland but based in Connecticut, USA. KOs, 35, from Rhode Island, to determine the undisputed division champion.
Cameron wants to face Taylor after missing a fight while she was active at lightweight.
“I always said that I would love this fight with Katy. I was her must-have lightweight but got sidelined a few times. I don’t want to stop my career,” Cameron told Sportzshala.
“I love Katy, I think she is a legend but I think I can beat her with my style. She’s fast and she’s good at boxing, she’s got incredible footwork and she’s good at boxing, but if I see her in trouble I would stop her. it’s on her and I won’t take my foot off the gas.
“I think she won the fight against Amanda, but it was a close and really good fight. Everything could have ended anyway. Amanda got her into serious trouble in the middle of the fight, and it shows what a good champion she is, Cathy. come back from it and don’t give up. Katie deserved this decision.
“I don’t think it’s Katie – she would fight anyone – so it must be the team around her that doesn’t want to fight me. I always wanted to fight her.
“She is a great champion and has done a lot for women’s boxing. But if you are the best, you want to challenge yourself against the best. I want to see how good I am, but they know I’m a threat because I’m a big lightweight, I come forward, I box and everything is wrong for Katy.
“Eddie Hearn said several times that I would fight the winner of the Taylor-Serrano tournament, so let’s see. Mikaela Mayer is a bad fighter and if it makes sense, I will fight anyone. If they have a belt, I want to check. myself.”
Cameron meets with Bustos (23-6, 0 KOs) from Argentina after the fight with Reis fell apart.
“Bustos was a great champion and played with all the best players, and if I miss her, it will be detrimental to my career and everything I want to achieve,” Cameron added.
“It’s all in the future, I can’t think about it, but hopefully the fight with Kali will take place. I was entered into the undisputed tournament with Kali Reis. [WBA and WBO champion] and we were supposed to meet in February/March but Kali had some health issues and I don’t know if that will happen now. This title defense is for me to make a name for myself and stay active.”
The focus is on an intriguing clash between 29-year-old 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Buatsi (15-0, 13 KOs) and 32-year-old Richards (17-2-1, 10 KOs). current world champion Dmitry Bivol in May 2021.
Richards lost a unanimous decision to WBA champion Bivol and has world title boxing experience over Buatsea, but his south London rival has the edge after stopping all but two of his opponents.
Buatsi, who is trained by Virgil Hunter of Oakland, California, said: “I act in a certain way, but when I step into the ring, it’s straight up violence. In professional boxing, we all behave in a certain way. but the brakes are off when I’m in the ring Talk don’t do it, wrestling does.
“I’ve been in the States since January so it’s been a long camp but I keep saying it comes at a cost and that’s how I do it.
“I prefer to be in America, primarily because of the distractions at home and in my comfort zone.
“After that, there should be a fight for the world title. For a while we said, “Next, next,” and I’m ready. There are still big fights in the domestic arena like Anthony Yarde and Callum Smith and when the time comes I’m sure our paths will cross.”