Cameron & McKinson to star on Brentwood’s ESPN+ show
Anisha Basheel is supremely confident of blasting the undefeated Chantelle Cameron aside to earn a shot at unified world champion Katie Taylor.
‘The Massacre’ (8-5, 8 KOs) arrives from Malawi for Saturday’s hotly-anticipated WBC final eliminator on #MTKFightNight and believes her undoubted power will be far too much for host Cameron (10-0, 7 KOs) to cope with.
Ahead of a potentially life-changing 10-rounder, Basheel, who is on a run of eight straight knockout wins, said: “My power comes from heart. They call me ‘The Massacre’ and I’m going to massacre Cameron on Saturday night.
“I believe I’m stronger than her. I’m not coming for a holiday. I’m not coming for shopping or to see London. I’m not coming for chit-chat and tea. I’m coming all guns blazing.
“Fans can expect me to show that I’m the true lightweight champion of the world. Katie Taylor – you’re next! ‘The Massacre’ is coming for you too.
“Meeting Taylor is what every female lightweight wants right now because the dream is to be a unifiied world champion. It doesn’t get any bigger than that – it’s the ultimate.
“Beating Cameron is just a key to opening the big door. My eyes are on the big prize and Cameron is just a bridge to walk over on my way to beating Katie.
“I hope Taylor shows up on the night to see what she’s going to go up against. I look forward to meeting her. I’m going to knock Cameron out and then I’m going to take her belts.”
Chantelle Cameron has fired back at opponent Anisha Basheel – revealing she’ll force her to eat her words ahead of their much-anticipated final eliminator for the WBC world title on Saturday’s huge #MTKFightNight at the Brentwood Centre.
Unbeaten Cameron (10-0, 7 KOs) faces Basheel (8-5, 8 KOs) live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank, and also live on iFL TV, with the WBC Silver title also on the line.
Basheel lashed out at Cameron earlier this week, but Cameron has responded in style and made it clear that her opponent is in a world of trouble this weekend.
Cameron said: “She’s delusional. I knew she was going to come out and start saying this stuff so she can crack on, but I can’t wait to ram my fist down her throat.
“She’s in for a treat on Saturday because she’s never faced anybody like me. I can’t wait to shut her up and teach her a lesson.
“I’ll let her crack on because I get in there and do what I’ve got to do to win. I’ve got speed, power, and boxing ability, but she’s one-dimensional. I’ll like to see what she’s got to say after the fight.
“As soon as she feels one of my big shots she’ll know she’s in against another puncher herself. All she can do is come running at me trying to knock my head but she’ll walk into one of my shots and I can’t wait for her to feel my power.
“It’s going to be great exposure fighting on ESPN+ and iFL TV, and I’m excited to get in there and punch her head in.”
Undefeated Chantelle Cameron is solely focused on her WBC final eliminator with Anisha Basheel amid the clamour over her possible clash with Katie Taylor.
The vicious ‘Il Capo’ (10-0, 7 KOs) heads for the #MTKFightNight in Brentwood on July 20 to face heavy-handed Basheel, who is on a run of eight straight stoppage wins.
With the dangerous Malawi puncher in front of her and the winner earning a mandatory shot at WBC, IBF, WBO and WBA world lightweight champion Taylor, Cameron knows she can’t afford to get ahead of herself.
Cameron said: “There’s obviously been a lot of hype about myself fighting Katie and that’s the fight I want down the line but it’s Basheel who’s in my way right now. I try to ignore anything else.
“Some people are talking too much about the Taylor fight. I’ve got Basheel first and me against Katie doesn’t happen unless I win this fight. I’ve got a real job on my hands in Basheel first.
“Of course, the rise of women’s boxing with unification fights like Taylor vs. Delfine Persoon and Claressa Shields vs. Christina Hammer is great.
“Katie’s now got all the belts in my division and I want them but if I don’t get through Basheel in Brentwood then that fight doesn’t happen.”
World-ranked welterweight Michael McKinson is eager to trade blows with menacing Russian Evgeny Pavko for the WBO European title on Saturday.
‘The Problem’ (16-0, 2 KOs) has already claimed WBC Youth and WBC International Silver honours and now steps up again to take on hard-hitting Pavko (18-2-1, 13 KOs) on a stacked #MTKFightNight – live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and on iFL TV.
Far from being intimidated by his visitor’s knockout record, McKinson welcomes the chance to reiterate his class against lofty opposition back at the scene of March’s comprehensive victory over Ryan Kelly.
McKinson said ahead of the 10-round showdown: “I know Pavko is a Russian so he’s bound to be tough and he’s clearly a puncher too. He’s going to come over looking to take my head off but that excites me. He can try!
“Like I always do under pressure, I’ll perform better. Diamonds are made under pressure. I’d much rather have the motivation to produce the goods when it comes to these big fights.
“I’m still relatively early in my career. I’m always improving and developing in the gym. You’ve only seen a little bit of what I’m capable of.
“My potential is massive. With these big fights, people can check in on my journey and each time, they’ll be more and more excited by what they see. I’m heading for the top.”
MTK Global is delighted to confirm its next visit to Brentwood will be screened live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank as well as iFL TV.
The event, which will feature leading talent and include title fights, will take place at the Brentwood Centre on July 20 and former world title challenger Liam Walsh and world-ranked welterweight Michael McKinson are already confirmed to feature.
MTK Global Promoter Lee Eaton said: “We’ve been really encouraged by the appetite for boxing in Essex and it’s great for the area that the big time has come knocking.
“Last time we were there, Liam wowed the crowds with a stoppage win and we’re keen to put on even more exciting fights this time around. Michael enjoyed a great win there in his last fight too and he’ll have big support travelling up from the south coast again.
“There have been some great fighters from the area down the years and in addition to bigger names at the top of the bill, we look forward to welcoming some show-stealing prospects on the undercard.
“These ESPN+ shows are already receiving praise and we are excited about raising the bar with them each time.”
News of further fights and fighters starring on the show will be published in due course.
MTK Global is proud to have secured the signature of WBC-ranked welterweight Michael McKinson.
The Portsmouth-born southpaw said: “I’m unbeaten and I’m the current WBC International Silver champion. I’ve got something serious in that belt that other people want so hopefully that will encourage people to fight me now.
“MTK Global is a massive platform. Anybody who’s anybody seems to be with them. I think it’s the best thing for my career now. With MTK Global I’ll get the opportunities I’m overdue.
“My power is developing 100%. I turned professional at 20 and boxed hard journeyman. I couldn’t show off what I am. People will underestimate my power but it’s developed so much over the last 10 months. I’m even stronger now than I was when I stopped Lynes.
“I want my name to be in the mix with people like Paddy Gallagher and Gary Corcoran. Fighting on the next big TV show would be nice. When people are talking about those guys, I want my name in the mix too.
“I’m still young. I’ve still got a lot of time and I believe I’m with the right people now.”
Despite boasting a world ranking title, McKinson doubts whether the likes of Conor Benn and Frankie Gavin will be in any rush to face him.
McKinson added: “After stopping Lynes I thought I’d get the opportunities but the phone isn’t ringing. I’m high risk and low reward. I’d already made some noise about Gavin on Twitter. He’s got a mandatory and didn’t want to know.
“Conor Benn is a moneyball. I’m not an outspoken guy naturally but I will make noise about these guys. I’ve called both Benn and Gavin out and Benn’s people are not stupid enough to put him in with me. He’s not on my level.
“I’ve won two WBC titles and I’m ranked by them. They’re stepping stone titles. Great people have won these belts. Whatever opportunities I can get, any big bouts I can get, it’s always one step closer to where I’m going.”
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