Shane Cameron. Photo by Getty
There will be no lucky underpants, no slap-up feed at his
favorite burger chain and no watching Rocky DVDs for Shane
Cameron in the final hours before his IBO world cruiserweight
title fight against Danny Green in Melbourne tonight.
Cameron doesn't do superstition.
"I don't tend to slot into too much ritual stuff, just in
case something happens and there are no movies or something
like that," Cameron said. "Then all of sudden it's, 'I'm
gonna lose because they didn't have the right movie'. I just
do what I do."
Typically that is "listen to music, go for walks and relax".
There will also be no binge eating as he recovers from the
extra fast imposed on him by the Green camp ahead of
yesterday's ridiculous second weigh-in.
Just as they have been for the last eight weeks, Cameron's
meals will be measured and weighed to the gram. Having shed
an additional 1.5kg in fluids in a hot bath yesterday to meet
Green's mandated 89kg limit, rehydrating will be top priority
today - although he enjoyed a meal of steak, eggs and chips
Green might have weighed in just 1.35kg lighter than Cameron
last night, but at the public face-off there was no
disguising the fact Cameron is the much bigger man. By the
time he enters the ring he will likely weigh about 6kg more
The three-time world champion Australian has made plenty of
that disadvantage, even suggesting he was worried about being
carried out of the ring unconscious. Cameron rejected that as
"He's been talking like that the whole way through the camp
anyway," Cameron said. "He keeps talking me up and talking
him down. It must be how he likes to build himself up."
Cameron said he had been overwhelmed by the level of support
coming from New Zealand.
"It's tremendous. It's a big fight for New Zealand, big fight
for me and big fight for my fans and family."
- By Steve Deane of the New Zealand Herald