LIAM Cameron says he will work off the frustration of “three years of hell” on opponent Jez Wilson on Saturday.
The 21-year-old former ABA champion disputes the Central Area middleweight title against fellow Sheffielder Jez Wilson at Don Valley stadium.
It promises to be a cracking derby - and for Cameron, the title will represent ample reward for a lot of hard work since turning professional in October 2009.
“This is my world title” says Cameron, who has won all but one of his 13 fights. “I have had three years of hell to get to this stage. You hardly have a life outside boxing when you want to succeed as much as I do. Some of my friends cannot believe how dedicated I am and what sacrifices I have made.
“I feel sorry for my girlfriend - we aren’t able to do the things she wants because I am always in the gym or out on a run.
“Mentally and physically, training takes it out of you. But it will all be worthwhile as long as I win this title on Saturday.”
In yesterday’s Star, Wilson’s trainer Glyn Rhodes said he felt his man was prepared to “ go in the trenches” - and said he doubted whether Cameron could do the same, after witnessing his only defeat, to Erick O’Chieng, last year. That should have been an easy fight for me” admitted Cameron. “But I didn’t get my weight right and had nothing left in the tank on the night. That won’t happen again. And as for going in the trenches, if you compare my opponents to Jez’s, you’ll see it’s better because I have taken on the quality guys, not journeymen who will fall down.
“I know I have only had four KOs, but I have taken on people like Jason Ball, for instance, who has not been stopped since (in nine fights) and done well against better boxers than Jez has faced. I hit them, they cover up and don’t want to know.”
Cameron has been sparring with trainer and ex world champion Clinton Woods and gym-mates (light heavyweight) Jamie Ward and (middleweight) Lewis Taylor.
“I have been doing 10 rounds with one of them after the other. I hate it when Clinton puts on the head guard and starts flooding into me! He is only a few pounds heavier than when he was in the ring. But the preparation has been unbelievable. I am in great shape and very confident.”