LIAM CAMERON is to move up a weight division in an attempt to stabilise a career in danger of stuttering after losing his unbeaten tag.
The 20-year-old Sheffielder slumped to a surprise points loss to Londoner Erick Ochieng at Hillsborough in May.
It was his first reverse in 10 outings and was a “horrible experience” says the boxer.
“I am not making excuses, but that was not me out there that night,” he said.
“It had become a nightmare for me to get down to light middleweight (11 stones) and I had no power at all against him on the night. I cried afterwards.
“But I have put it behind me now and will be 10 times stronger when I can box at six pounds heavier.”
Some observers felt Cameron’s out of ring responsiblities - he has recently become a father to a daughter, India - had been a distraction.
“People blamed it on India, she was born a week before that last fight, but it wasn’t her fault; it was mine,” he said. “Now I am putting everything into getting back on a winning run. And I know it will be easier now I have gone up a weight. I am 6ft tall so I’ll still be big in the middleweight division.”
Cameron goes up against another Londoner, Costas Osbern, on the Jamie McDonnell undercard at Doncaster Dome on September 3.
McDonnell defends his European bantamweight title against Darlington’s Stuart Hall.
“I want go to go there and not only win, but impress people by winning in style,” said Cameron. “I have never boxed ‘inside’ well before, I’d throw a few punches in close then get back to my jab. But now I’m going to get inside and open my opponents up.”
Sheffield puncher Dale Hutchinson infuriated Liverpool locals when he halted unbeaten Terry Needham in the second round. Already behind and having lost a point for use of the elbow Hutchinson, appeared headed for defeat unti Needham decided to stand and trade. Both slammed home heavy hooks to the head until Needham went down.