Chantelle Cameron is a big believer in visualizing things to materialize.
It is why she has not stopped picturing herself draped in all four super lightweight belts and The Ring Magazine strap as the undisputed champion of her division.
“I’m good at visualizing things,” says Cameron. “Being undisputed, it means everything to me — it is literally all I visualize.
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“I just think I want all those belts ’round me. It’s the only thing I visualize, being undisputed world champion, and I’m two fights away from it.
“If I win on Saturday I am in the final to fight for every single belt. What a dream come true. I just want to do it for myself more than anything, that I’ve achieved that.”
Cameron tops the bill at O2 Arena in London on Saturday night when she puts her WBC title on the line against American IBF champion Mary McGee. The winner will go on to fight whoever comes out on top between Kali Reis and Jessica Camara when they clash for the WBO and WBA belts on Nov. 19 as part of the so-called Road to Undisputed tournament.
Cameron-McGee was a fight that the former feared would not happen when Dillian Whyte’s shoulder injury caused his scheduled fight against Otto Wallin to be canceled.
That heavyweight clash was supposed to be the headline attraction Saturday, but when it got canceled there were fears Matchroom would have to pull the whole show. Instead, Cameron-McGee will headline on yet another huge night for women’s boxing.
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Cameron insists it is business as usual despite the elevation to center stage.
“It feels no different,” she says. “Nothing changes, nothing changes.
“At the end of the day, the fight is won in the ring, it doesn’t matter if you’re the first or last fight on the card, as long as I get the win that’s all I really care about.”
On the anxious wait to find out whether she would get the chance to fight, Cameron adds: “It was a tough day.
“I found out at about 11:30 a.m. during my media day at the gym earlier this week and I was halfway through an interview when I found out. I was like, ‘Do I even need to carry on with this interview?’ We didn’t know what was happening.
“I was just waiting all day, didn’t hear anything. I couldn’t sleep at night and I was just thinking that I’ll wake up in the morning and I’ll hear the news that the show is off. I was adamant it would be off but everyone else was telling me to keep going.
“I stayed professional, went to the gym, woke up in the morning about 7:30 and I had a message from Jamie saying I was headlining. I just thought, ‘Wow. That took a turn. I’m glad I went to the gym.’ It was only a few hours of uncertainty but it felt like about three weeks.”
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Now she will get the chance to showcase her talent against, without question, the toughest opponent of her career to date. McGee is adamant that she will return home to Gary, Ind., with another belt in her luggage, but Cameron has refused to rise to her comments.
“It’s just funny, really. I know what I do in the gym and I believe in myself,” says Cameron.
“As much as someone can talk a good game, they have to back that. I find it quite funny really because if you can stay from Round 1 to 10 with me, I will be shocked because of work rate. I know my engine is nonstop. I’m just asking her to prove what she’s saying because if she does it will be a great fight.
“I need someone good to bring the best out of me, it’s why I’ve been screaming for these fights for so long. I know another great fighter in front of me to show how good I am. That’s why on Saturday, facing Mary, the best version of me comes out and that’s why she doesn’t beat me.
“She doesn’t beat me on my best day.”