KELVIN Young is being called out to defend his IBO super-middleweight inter-continental title by Liam Cameron.
The 23-year-old IBO youth champion contacted the Advertiser to say that the Penhill pugilist, who successfully defended his belt on Saturday night against Francis Tchoffo, would have no chance of beating him should he be given the opportunity.
Sheffield-born Cameron, who is promoted by Dennis Hobson, says that the 27-year-old is unheard outside of Swindon.
“He should fight me next,” said Cameron, who has a record of 16 wins and three defeats.
“I know that I can beat him, I know that the lad I beat to win my belt, Wayne Reed, could beat him.
“I don’t rate him and he should fight a proper opponent - but he won’t take it.
“Who was the guy he fought on Saturday? Didn’t he get dropped by him?
“He needs to fight outside of Swindon - no-one outside Swindon has heard of him.
“I only know who is because he has got a high ranking on BoxRec. So you’ve got to credit to his manager Keith Mayo for looking after his career.”
Cameron, a former senior ABA welterweight champion, like Young has stepped up from middleweight to the 12 stone division and won his youth title in May when claiming a unamious points decision over Reed.
But while the young boxer has called on Young, who has fought in Devon, Bath and Gloucester, to fight outside of his hometown, Cameron has only left south Yorkshire twice, to fight in Coventry and Jersey.
The former Central Area middleweight challenger, who’s three defeats have come against Rod Smith, Jez Wilson and Erick Ochieng, has returned to his amateur coach Chris Smedley after spending time working in the renowned Ingles Gym and training with former IBF world light-heavyweight champion Clinton Woods.
“I thought that the grass was greener on the other side,” Cameron said. “It didn’t work out so I’m back with my amateur coach who I’ve been with since I was eight.
“I’m happier, I’m happy about being at super-middleweight, I was absolutely killing myself to make middle.
“I’ve sparred with Frankie Gavin and Kell Brook, I’ve beaten Scotty Cardle as an amateur and I also went in with Callum Smith in the amateurs.”
But it is unlikely that Young’s team would be up for facing the man nicknamed Cannonball as they look to make the second defence of the inter-continental belt against an opponent inside the IBO’s top 40 to put him in line for a shot at the world title.
Cameron, although only ranked 10 places below Young in the BoxRec domestic rankings, is 104 places below the Swindon favourite on website’s world ratings, and is not inside the IBO’s top 100 super-middleweights.