Liam Cameron promises to be a completely different proposition when he returns to the ring in October.
Sheffield’s former ABA champion was tipped for stardom when he joined the professional ranks. Six years later, he has a relatively modest 18+4 record - and now he is on a mission to increase his win-rate.
“I never pictured myself losing as a professional, it kills me” he admits. “I lost my last fight (Luke Blackedge, Commonwealth super-middleweight title; April) but things have changed now, I have a new lifestyIe and shall be getting back up there again and do better.”
Cameron has benefited from the support of a sports psychologist.
“I have learned a lot about myself since that fight and I will be a different person from now on. I will be a whole different package” he said.
“Before seeing the psychologist there was a piece of the jigsaw missing, I thought I could rely on my speed power and fitness on the night and then I didn’t turn up.
“I was putting too much pressure on myself, when I’d go for a run I’d almost cry because I wanted to win so hard, for my family. You can go into a clam and think about losing a fight insted of thinking about winning.”
The Manor Park man added: “I got it in to my head against busy fighters that I would tuck up and let them come at me and that they’d tire and I could take over in the late rounds.
“It was stupid really. I should have known that everybody is super-fit at this level and they are not going to tire. From now on I am going to work with them and not let them dictate the fight and set the pace. I should be the boss, the one who is leading things.”
Cameron has a hectic schedule ahead.
“I told (promoter) Dennis Hobson and (trainer) Chris Smedley I wanted the hardest possible opponent for my next fight, a 10 rounder at Magna on October 17. I am not interested in six or eight rounders against people coming to get beat up. If I can do that I will be in a position to go for the Commonwealth title again.”