Las Vegas date for Northampton's Cameron as she makes first world title defence

It has been announced that Northampton's world champion Chantelle Cameron will make the first defence of her title in Las Vegas in the USA next month.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 5:57 pm
Chantelle Cameron will defend her world title in Las Vegas next month

Cameron will take on Melissa Hernandez with WBC super-lightweight title on the line, with the fight taking place at the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay on May 29.

The bout is on the Devin Haney’s WBC lightweight title fight against Jorge Linares, and will be broadcast live across the world on DAZN.

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn said: “It’s a brilliant opportunity for Chantelle Cameron to showcase her skills in the States and stake her claim for the unification fights she craves.

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"She is against a tough competitor in Melissa Hernandez.”

Cameron, who has a 13-0 win record as a professional, having recorded seven knockouts, will be making the first defence of the title she won with a dominant points win over Adriana dos Santos Araujo in Milton Keynes last October.

The experienced Hernandez will be a testing opponent though.

Hailing from Puerto Rico, the 41-year-old Miami-based boxer has fought 33 times as a professional, winning 23 and losing seven.

Nicknamed The Shark, she has won by knockout on seven occasions, but also been knocked out once herself.

A former WBC featherweight champion, won back in 2012, Hernandez has also challenged for the WBC lightweight title, but has fought only once in the past five years.

That was back in April, 2019, when she claimed a unanimous points win over Selina Barrios.

The pair were initially set to fight in March before an injury forced the fight to be pushed back, with Cameron now getting the chance to fight in the USA for the first time.

Indeed, it will be the first time she has fought outside the UK as a professional.