Chantelle Cameron Destroys Veteran Melissa Hernandez to Defend Her WBC Super-Lightweight Title

Published 05/29/2021, 10:55 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 28: Chantelle Cameron poses during the ceremonial weigh-in at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on May 28, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cameron will fight Melissa Hernandez for the WBC junior welterweight title at the Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas on May 29. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)


Chantelle Cameron has successfully defended her WBC super-lightweight championship. The 30-year-old extended her unbeaten record to 14-0 with a fantastic fifth-round TKO of veteran Melissa Hernandez. Here’s how it all went down.

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Cameron and Hernandez fought as the co-main event of the exciting Devin Haney vs. Jorge Linares undercard. The British champion came into the bout as the firm favorite against the aging Hernandez. However, ‘The Shark’ said she would shock the world.

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How did the Chantelle Cameron vs. Melissa Hernandez fight pan out?

The 30-year-old champion came out all guns blazing and was the aggressor from the first bell. She hurt her opponent with the first few punches and maintained the pressure throughout the first round. This continued in the second round too, as Cameron used her height and reach to keep her opponent on the back foot.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 18: Chantelle Cameron of United Kingdom (black & gold shorts), celebrates after beating Vaida Masiokaite of Lithuania during the Lightweight undercard fight at the Muhammad Ali Trophy Semi-Finals – World Boxing Super Series Fight Night at The SSE Hydro on May 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Nothing changed in the third round either. The 14-0 boxer found her rhythm and kept hurting Hernandez throughout the round. However, the fourth round brought the biggest moment in the fight. The British champion stepped on the gas and landed a barrage of punches, sending Hernandez crashing to the ground.

The WBC champion then tried to close the show by throwing everything but the kitchen sink. However, she couldn’t get the 41-year-old veteran out in the fourth.

How did the fight end?

Cameron came into the fifth round with only one objective, i.e. to close the show as soon as possible. Moreover, the referee had warned Hernandez and her team in between rounds that he would stop the fight if she continued to take damage.

However, the fifth round was fairly subdued when compared to the previous four. Despite this, Cameron continued her domination over the veteran. Ultimately, the referee saw enough and stopped the contest, giving the Brit a deserved TKO victory.

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Although the stoppage was no surprise, the timing of it drew boos from the crowd and will draw more criticism after the fight. The referee stopped it at a point where Cameron was not throwing a flurry of punches and Hernandez was comfortable. Thus, it seemed unfair to stop ‘The Shark’ at that point. However, Cameron, who earned another TKO victory, will have no complaints.

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What did you make of the Chantelle Cameron vs. Melissa Hernandez bout? Do you think it was a fair stoppage?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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