Chantelle Cameron makes history in Las Vegas and AIBA battle for Olympic return

Chantelle Cameron isn't the type to be overawed by the significance of it all but she will create a bit of history this weekend in Las Vegas.

The Northampton fighter will become the first British female to compete in a world title fight in the boxing capital of the world.

Cameron, 30, defends her WBC light-welterweight title against Puerto Rican Melissa Hernandez on the undercard of a big showdown between Devin Haney and Jorge Linares.

The clash will also take place at the iconic Mandalay Bay which has hosted some of the biggest bouts in boxing.

But Cameron isn't going to lose focus on the task in hand.

“It's amazing to get this opportunity,” she said.

“You dream of boxing in Las Vegas but you never think it's possible.

“Now it's happening, I'm going to focus on doing a job on her. She's been trash talking, talking nonsense so I want to punish her.

“I've never even been to Las Vegas before but I'm not here as a tourist. I've not been wandering around looking at the sights. All the focus is on the fight.”

Cameron was on her way to Sin City when forever amateur and professional stablemate Josh Taylor was becoming undisputed men's light-welterweight champion last weekend.

“I want to become undisputed,” she added. “Josh has been an inspiration.

“I've got to get the job done here and then I will look to win more titles.”

*AIBA appear to be getting their house in order as they look to take back control of the Olympic boxing tournament at Paris 2024.

The amateur governing body will not oversee this summer's Olympics in Tokyo after the International Olympic Committee suspended them over their governance and financial issues.

But, having appointed Russian Umar Kremlyov as their new president back in December, they have at least sorted out their financial problems.

AIBA confirmed this week they have repaid a £7.05m loan from Azerbaijani company Benkons LLC and cleared other long-standing debts.

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  • They plan to use the financial stability to tackle their governance issues with an independent investigation launched into allegations of past judging corruption, particularly around the Rio 2016 Olympics.

    They have also claimed they will bring in new systems to combat corrupt judging, match-fixing and other forms of manipulation” while also providing national federations with more financial support.

    AIBA have made the IOC aware of their developments and hope to be reinstated after the Tokyo Games.

    They are certainly positive steps but we have been here before. Hopefully this time it is different.

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