Chantelle Cameron: Why women’s boxing must have three-minute rounds

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Editor’s observe: Chantelle Cameron will defend her WBC and IBF junior welterweight world titles on Saturday, and he or she hopes victory will result in a showdown with Kali Reis, who holds the opposite two world titles within the weight division.

Cameron (15-0, 8 KOs), 30, from Northampton, England, will battle Victoria Bustos (23-6, 0 KOs), from Argentina, over 10 two-minute rounds in a 3rd title defence on the 02 Enviornment in London. In her personal phrases, she tells Nick Parkinson about some obligatory modifications to the ladies’s aspect of the game if feminine fighters are to earn the identical — or as near — cash as males.

Katie Taylor’s current battle in opposition to Amanda Serrano was huge for ladies’s boxing — a watershed second in what it did for the game. They placed on a fantastic battle for Katie’s world light-weight titles after a giant build-up, and it will likely be remembered as a traditional. However extra nonetheless must be accomplished for feminine boxers to receives a commission the identical as males.

The purse Katie and Amanda received (not less than $1 million every) was out of this world for ladies’s boxing. It has actually shone a lightweight on the game as a result of everybody was speaking about that battle that week, so hopefully it would now get the promoters to dig their arms of their pockets a bit deeper and pay feminine boxers extra.

The tv views Taylor-Serrano received — 1.5 million — was unprecedented, and that was on prime of a bought out crowd of over 19,000 at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York. I am hoping that sooner or later I can battle on a stage like that… possibly in opposition to Taylor.

However not each battle will be like Taylor-Serrano and for ladies to say we wish to be paid the identical as male boxers, we needs to be boxing three-minute rounds. We’re not going to be paid the identical as males, or receives a commission near the lads, if we’re doing fewer rounds and two-minute rounds.

We’re doing half the work actually if we’re doing 10, two-minute rounds as a substitute of 12, three-minute rounds.

If you’re boxing in a six-round battle, you aren’t going to receives a commission the identical as if you happen to had been boxing in a 12-round battle. The identical goes for the size of rounds — we’re not going to receives a commission the identical as males as long as we field two-minute rounds.

The followers will get extra from it too. The boxers will be capable of sit down on their punches extra over three minutes. That additional minute will see extra stoppages in ladies’s boxing and that is what followers need. For the time being ladies’s boxing is all motion over two rounds, so that you would possibly lose a few of that if it goes to a few minutes, however for me I would favor three-minute rounds.

Katie Taylor, Amanda Serrano and Jake Paul achieved rather a lot with that battle for ladies’s boxing and it takes that to present individuals a kick up the a–. They’ve opened the door for extra feminine boxers to earn increased purses, be in larger fights, and have set the benchmark. Hopefully that battle result in a little bit of a rise in our purses, as a result of we’d like it.

There was a time 4 or 5 years in the past once I modified groups and due to contracts I wasn’t getting sufficient revenue from boxing, I used to be considering I needed to go and get a 9-5 job and work away from boxing. I used to be on the job company web sites and making use of for random jobs. However fortunately I got here throughout trainers Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis and so they helped me get my profession again on observe with new administration.

Since my final battle it has additionally been laborious as a result of I boxed in October because the headline occasion, however then all of it got here tumbling down with the undisputed battle in opposition to Kali Reis falling by for February/March. It was a sickener as a result of I used to be dropping sponsors, there was no suggestions on why the Reis battle wasn’t taking place and nobody was speaking about me as a result of I wasn’t being promoted.

However I am hoping my subsequent battle units up one thing massive… one thing like Katie Taylor.

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