Undefeated two-weight world champion Chantelle Cameron headlines DAZN’s boxing showcase on Saturday as she puts her WBC light-welterweight title on the line against IBF champion Mary McGee. To the winner goes both belts plus the inaugural The Ring title.
The boxing odds have Cameron (14-0-0, 8 KOs) as a massive online sports betting favorite up to -2500 while McGee (27-3-1, 15 KOs) is as large as a +1200 underdog. While Cameron should win this fight, it will be entertaining for as long as it lasts.
- Date: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET
- Venue: O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
- Watch on: DAZN
Can Cameron Finish McGee?
Chantelle Cameron is a British wunderkind and a much-needed talent in a little-known division in the sport. She has beaten the who’s who of her division and will get a test in McGee, who is known as having that Arturo Gatti style of boxing: keep coming forward.
While Cameron is heavily expected to win, it’s a question of how well she can win it. A close contest against McGee, who isn’t considered to be that impressive by the boxing community, won’t cut it. Cameron has big dreams in the sport even if it does not include a “superfight” against Irish star Katie Taylor. She will need to find a way to finish the tough American.
McGee Will Bring the Action
McGee isn’t short on confidence. What she lacks in skill, she’ll make up for in heart and aggression. The 35-year-old is aptly named “Merciless” because of her forward pressure. Her 15 wins by KO are impressive for a division that only has two-minute rounds, especially with five of them being done in one round.
Perhaps what makes McGee so tough is her ability to overcome adversity and bounce back. In 2013, she was thoroughly beaten by Holly Holm in her first shot at the light-welterweight titles. To compound that loss, she dropped another decision just five months later to Erica Farias for the lightweight belt.
McGee did not sink into irrelevance and instead kept winning until she captured the IBF light-welterweight title, which she also defended last February. She’ll be a big dog in this fight, but it’s not crazy to bet online for her to pull off a shocker.
Does Cameron Need Taylor To Become a Star?
Hypothetical question, but the answer is yes. The British champion will likely dominate the competition and most of the world will barely know she exists. But a mega-sized bout with Taylor can do wonders for her stock.
ℹ️ Update on Whyte vs. Wallin:
A shoulder injury has forced Dillian Whyte to cancel his fight against Otto Wallin.
The rest of the event will continue as planned with the super lightweight unification battle between Chantelle Cameron & Mary McGee now topping the bill. pic.twitter.com/kliRVdoDwi
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) October 20, 2021
Cameron got a break with the original headliner being canceled, thus giving her (and McGee) a chance to thrill boxing fans as the headlining act. The native of Northampton, England, has a challenge as she wants to put on an exciting bout but can’t recklessly engage McGee in her own game.
But if Cameron does throw down against McGee, she even has an outside shot at finishing her. Knockouts are hard to come by in the division and especially against a tested champion like McGee. But Cameron is much more skilled and is the bigger boxer.
Ideally, she can put up a “Fight of the Year” contender against McGee and then call out Taylor. The Irishwoman may have her eyes set on Amanda Serrano following her clinic against Jennifer Han, but McGee can entice her with a spectacular showing here.