Chantelle Cameron calls for three-minute rounds in women's boxing

Chantelle Cameron

Chantelle Cameron has joined the discussion of whether three-minute rounds should be introduced to women’s boxing.

The British fighter, who is a world champion in two weight classes, believes women cannot start to think about pay parity while their fights remain shorter than men’s.

As it stands, female boxers fight ten lots of two-minute rounds, while men are in the ring for 12, three-minute rounds.

Cameron discussed the recent history-making title fight between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano and highlighted it as a “watershed moment” in the growth of women’s boxing.

“They put on a great fight for Katie’s world lightweight titles after a big build-up, and it will be remembered as a classic. But more still needs to be done for female boxers to get paid the same as men,” she told ESPN.

Il Capo described the Taylor vs Serrano purse — which saw both boxers pocket a handsome $1 million — as “out of this world.” The 30-year-old believes the huge pay day should trigger a domino effect where more promoters will be inclined to pitch bigger sums to stage women’s fights.

As well as the mega pay day for the two fighters, Taylor and Serrano made history by becoming the first women to headline Madison Square Garden. The blockbuster clash was a sell out — bringing more than 19,000 spectators to the famous arena.

Broadcast viewing numbers also hit a new all-time high for streaming service DAZN, as 1.5 million people tuned in around the world to be a part of history.

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However, while Taylor and Serrano have certainly set the benchmark for women’s boxing moving forwards, Cameron has stressed that the sport still has to make some changes before it can be considered equal to the men’s.

“Not every fight can be like Taylor-Serrano and for women to say we want to be paid the same as male boxers, we should be boxing three-minute rounds. We are not going to be paid the same as men, or get paid close to the men, if we are doing fewer rounds and two-minute rounds.

“We are doing half the work really if we are doing 10, two-minute rounds instead of 12, three-minute rounds.

“If you are boxing in a six-round fight, you are not going to get paid the same as if you were boxing in a 12-round fight. The same goes for the length of rounds — we are not going to get paid the same as men so long as we box two-minute rounds.”

The discussion of making women’s boxing rounds longer has been a hot topic lately and Cameron is just one advocating for this gap between the men’s and women’s sport to be closed.

However, WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán recently admitted he “would be hesitant” to extend women’s boxing rounds but results of medical studies are being waited on to determine whether it is an option the boxing organisations can consider for the future.

Cameron will defend her WBC and IBF junior welterweight world titles on Saturday against Argentina’s Victoria Bustos, with hopes of setting up a showdown against Kali Reis, who hold the other two belts in the weight division.

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