Chantelle Cameron is the first undisputed British champion in lightweight boxing at the Champions Series in Abu Dhabi
- Bobby Jackson
- BBC Sport
Britain’s Chantelle Cameron became the first undisputed light heavyweight boxing champion after defeating American Jessica McCaskill by a unanimous decision of the Abu Dhabi judges.
Cameron did an easy job against American McCaskill at Etihad Stadium to become the undisputed lightweight champion.
The three judges ruled in favor of the Brit with two scorecards 96-94 and one card 97-93.
“I had faith in my team, so I knew I was going to win,” Cameron, 31, told DAZN Sports. “I knew I was the best boxer, but it’s hard not to be challenged,” she added.
McCaskill is the undisputed welterweight champion of the world, but she chose to compete in a lower category in search of more glory but ended up fighting Cameron.
Northampton’s Cameron, who has extended her unbeaten record to 17 fights, requested a second fight with 38-year-old McCaskill at welterweight as she aims to become the undisputed champion in two classes.
“She was the toughest opponent I’ve ever faced,” said Cameron.
Cameron progress elegant appearance
Cameron appeared confident throughout the week of pre-fighting and showed no intimidation as she stepped into the ring for them in what could be described as the fight of a lifetime.
Her demeanor didn’t change after the first round bell rang as the Englishwoman stuck to her game plan, setting the pace with a jab before continuing with a series of moving moves.
Cameron initially won four rounds comfortably before McCaskill began to regain her balance.
However, McCaskill, who suffered a loss for the third time in her career (15 bouts), was unable to turn the momentum in her favor.
Cameron has reaffirmed her dominance in recent rounds, adding the vacant WBA, IBO and WBO titles to her WBC and IBF belts.
Former IBF Lightweight Champion Cameron upped her performances in the ninth and tenth rounds, entering each round first and making sure she had the last word at the end.
Barrett was less fortunate
Her British teammate Zelva Barrett was less successful in his bid for the featherweight title earlier in the night, losing by technical KO to Tajik boxer Shavkatjun Rahimov in the ninth round.
The 29-year-old Barrett got off to a great start, knocking out Rahimov at full speed in the fourth round, but his spirited style proved his downfall as the competition entered the final stages.
Rahimov, 28, became the first world boxing champion in the emirate to win the Champions Series events as Barrett grew tired and the gaps in his defense widened.
The fight was decided in the ninth round when Barrett couldn’t rest on his right leg and Rahimov kept attacking him.
bivol“the worlds best” undefeated
The night ended with boxer Dimitri Bevol being unanimously won by the judges after successfully defending his WBA lightweight title against Gilberto Ramirez.
This win was followed by Bevol’s victory over Shaul “Canelo” Alvarez and Bevol looked superior to his opponent again and all three judges agreed with two giving him a score of 117-111 and the third 118-110.
The 31-year-old has enjoyed a rapid rise to the top, winning all of his 21 fights by KO with 11 wins.
In the first four rounds there was little difference between Bevol and Mexico’s Ramirez, 31, but the champion made progress in the fifth round and never looked back.
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