Down-time - But Not For Long

Chantelle Cameron's been enjoying the spoils of her recent world title triumph, but insists the party will soon be over and the job of unifying the belts will begin.

The Maverick Stars ambassador was sublime in defeating Adrian dos Santos Araujo to claim the WBC super-lightweight title on October 4. It's been something of a whirlwind for the Northampton fighter since achieving one of her many goals.

"It's been unbelievable," Chantelle said. "Last week I was on a massive high and this week I'm in bed because I'm absolutely exhausted - a massive comedown! But I'm still so happy I got the win."

The new champ made the most of her first week with her new title - socialising with friends and showing the shiny green WBC belt off at local schools. Chantelle's been enjoying the down-time, but that will all change soon as she gets back to business.

"I've got the carrot now and I can dangle that carrot. People want the WBC belt and I have it. I'm not the one on the chase anymore, the [other] world champions, if they want the WBC they've got to come through me and I'm absolutely buzzing with that," she explained.

Although Chantelle believes she's a natural lightweight, the plan to unify the belts means she'll stay in the higher weight division for the time being. While the WBA belt is currently vacant, American Mary McGee holds the IBF version, while Christina Linardatou of Greece is the WBA champion.

"Katie Taylor has got the belts at lightweight," added Chantelle. "I can't be hanging around, wasting years waiting for Katie to fight me. I need to grab belts where I can so the next step is [staying] at super-lightweight."

Downtime – But Not For Long