Katie Taylor avenged her loss to Chantelle Cameron against the odds, becoming a two-weight undisputed champion via majority decision with the scores of 95-95, 98-92 and 96-94.
Cameron and Taylor faced off for the second time this year in Dublin, the first being the Irish sporting icon’s maiden loss. This time around, Cameron entered the ring the favourite to again retain her belts. With size on her side and being half a decade younger, she won the first meeting via majority decision.
Taylor started confidently with jabs and counters, but Cameron landed a ramrod jab that put the challenger on the seat of her shorts. Despite seemingly legitimate, it wasn’t ruled a knockdown by the referee, so no count.
Cameron got onto the front foot in the second and the pair traded on the inside. Taylor found good success towards the end of the round, slipping and scoring.
Real back and forth action in the third, with Taylor’s fast hands competing with Cameron’s more considered shots. The champion suffered a cut on her forehead from a clear clash of heads. The rinsgide doctor was called to inspect it and said he was happy for the action to carry on.
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Taylor continued to fight off the back foot, making it a physical and demanding fight for Cameron, who was bleeding heavily and complaining about Taylor’s use of the head, but she wasn’t innocent in the clashes either. She still found pockets of success in between combinations coming her way.
Taylor’s judging of the distance seemed more on point this time around, taking more glances blows and managing to get her gloves in the way.
Cameron scored with some nice uppercuts and short hooks on the inside in the sixth, but Taylor’s quick hands continued to impress.
The seventh and eighth were as good a pair of rounds as boxing fans will see – incredible inside fighting with Cameron clearly recognising that her best chance was to make it rough and tough up close. It isn’t in Taylor to shy away from a fight, so she stood and swung.
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The Irishwoman’s flurries were incredibly impressive in the ninth given the pace of the fight until that point, and Cameron’s cut was flowing freely.
In the tenth and final round, both women fought with everything on the line. A thrilling contest from start to finish, and the hometown performance Taylor’s fans deserved. She called for the trilogy at Croke Park next, and that sounds good.