CAMERON HAMMOND is in a hurry to get his hands on the Commonwealth welterweight crown.
The Indigenous Moree hitter, 13-0 (7 KOs), represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games as an amateur before going on to star at the London Olympics in 2012 and wants to become the 53 nation alliance’s champion as a pro.
Hammond won an eliminator for the belt currently held by England’s Sam Eggington when he halted Jese Ravudi in May.
And he warms up for the challenge when he meets Thai southpaw Denkamon Pakdee Gym at Alexandria Basketball Stadium in Perry Park, New South Wales this Saturday night (October 3).
He said: “I travelled all over the world as an amateur and I don’t mind getting my passport stamped again to fight for the Commonwealth belt.
“Eggington’s defending the belt against Frankie Gavin in a few weeks and I’m happy to go to England and fight the winner.
“To be honest, I think whoever wins that match-up will probably vacate, but I’d still love to travel back to Britain to box for it. I liked it over there when I was at the Olympics and it would be great to link-up with my promoter Ricky Hatton in Manchester.”
However, Hammond insists he cannot look beyond Gym this weekend. The Thai has stopped 13 of his 22 victims and will be looking for shatter Cameron’s aspirations.
“I can’t say I’ve seen much of him, but he’s got a solid record and I know he’s coming to try and take me out,” Hammond said.
“He’s the first southpaw I’ve boxed since I turned professional and that will give me a few more things to think about. I know my trainer will have the perfect game plan for me to take my record to 14 wins.”