Far Cotton star Cameron ready to ‘shock the world’

Chantelle Cameron claimed gold in Turkey
Chantelle Cameron claimed gold in Turkey

Chantelle Cameron believes she can ‘shock the world’ in January after claiming gold at the President’s Cup in Turkey last week.

The Far Cotton ABC fighter smashed her way to the title with four superb performances for Great Britain.

And Cameron, who is in pole position to fight for Britain in the 60kg category of the 2016 Rio Olympics, has stressed the best is yet to come.

She will now continue to step up her preparations for the World Championships in Kazhakstan in January.

The championships will be key in ensuring Cameron makes the Olympics and she believes that is when she will take her burgeoning reputation to the next level.

“I am really confident in my boxing ability,” Cameron said.

“(Coach) Lee Edwards has worked so hard with me to improve my physical strength and mental strength.

“All my work isn’t just done in the boxing gym - we actually work on a lot of prep out of the gym.

“He gives me homework to study boxing to make me better and more developed.

“We stick to a philosophy of “progression over perfection”.

“Lee and I say January is when I will shock the world in the qualifiers.

“I am still learning, I am still improving and compliments from other countries over in Turkey was just the starting point of opponents seeing my improvement and development in the boxing ring.

“Really, they have seen nothing yet. The best is to come.”

Cameron cruised through to the final in Turkey, beating Sweden’s Ida Lundblad, China’s Yin Junhua and Ukraine’s Maryna Analogsa before facing France’s Estelle Mosselly in the final.

And she said: “I’m ecstatic I won the gold over there, especially due to the fact I had four tough opponents and I dominated each one of them.

“I fought the No.2 and No.3 in the world and also a European bronze medalist as well as a tough Ukraine boxer, who was strong and wanted to go to war with me.

“I had to outbox them with skills and the GB coaches were very happy with my whole attitude, my focus, my determination and the skills I showed I possess.

“Against each different opponent I showed I was way stronger and way fitter than any of them.”

Cameron has been in fine form during the calendar year, claiming her second ABA title back in April.

That catapulted her to No.1 status in England and her star continues to rise.

“Since winning the ABA I was labelled as No.1 in England at 60kg and now winning this gold and beating world class opponents I still am in the driving seat on my road to Rio 2016,” Cameron said.

“I feel confident I will keep winning and keep proving I am capable of beating anybody facing me in the ring.”

Cameron has been receiving plenty of support on social media and was keen to issue a few words of thanks.

She said: “The support from back home was so warming and it fired me up.

“The messages I was recieving through social media meant I just knew I needed to bring this gold medal back to Northampton.

“I really want to thank every single person for their support but there was too many.

“I do have to thank to my sponsors, Opus Energy, for supporting my journey to Rio 2016.”

And she also stressed how much she is enjoying being part of the environment at Far Cotton’s Towcester Road gym.

“Working at Far Cotton has been great,” she said. “I get great sparring and work well with the coaches.

“It’s fun and enjoyable environment.”

Far Cotton ABC ace Carl Fail says securing silver in Germany has given him a massive confidence boost.

The 18-year-old performed superbly in the Brandenburg Cup, only losing out to a home fighter, who he floored twice, in the final.

Four wins in as many days put him in position for at least a silver and he will now retain his England place at 69kg. That is a huge achievement for Fail and he was delighted with how things went in Germany.

“It was a massive learning experience for me,” Fail said.

“I had to get at least a bronze to keep my England spot, which I managed to do.

“I’ve got a spot at 69kg permanently now, which is massive for me. It’s given me loads of confidence because all of those lads are going into the European Championships in about 10 weeks.

“It was the German lad’s qualifier for that and hopefully I’ll get selected for that as well. I’ve got the trials in a couple of weeks in Sheffield.”

FAR COTTON’S Callum Mills boxed in the Youth Development Championships pre-quarter-finals in Hull last weekend.

He was representing East Midlands and won his fight against West Hull’s Luke Sutton on a split decision.

Mills is through to quarter-finals, which are due to take place next week.

Morgan Bosley was also in action last weekend, but he suffered defeat to Danny Quartermaine (Clearys ABC) in the Central Area Belt scrap at Leamington Spa. Bosley was undone by his opponent’s experience, losing out at 60kg.

Far Cotton head coach John Daly said: “It was an excellent fight. Quartermaine was very strong and the two-year age difference told in the end. But Morgan, who is still only 16, showed plenty of skill.”

This weekend, Kai Church will be in action in Newcastle as he takes to the canvas in the semi-finals of the Youth Development Championships at 58kg. Elsewhere, Laura Stevens continues to prepare for November’s trip to Sweden and she trained with the East Midlands squad in Derby last weekend.