Katie Taylor avenged her only career defeat by outpointing Chantelle Cameron in a thrilling rematch in Dublin.
Earlier in May Cameron spoiled Taylor’s homecoming when she retained her four super lightweight belts via majority decision. This time around Cameron would be the one going into the fight as the favourite, but the result was be flipped with Taylor becoming a two-weight undisputed champion via majority decision with the scores of 95-95, 98-92 and 96-94.
It was an enthralling back and forth contest with many of the rounds hard to score but with the general perception being that Taylor just did enough to get her hand raised.
However, the fight wasn’t without controversy. In the very first round Cameron floored Taylor with a stiff jab to the chest, but the referee immediately ruled no knockdown. In the heat of the moment there were questions as to whether it was a slip, push, if the feet were tangled or, as Cameron’s side believe, it was just a legitimate shot.
Andy Lee, who was on commentary duty for DAZN, was convinced at the time it should have been scored as a knockdown.
“Knockdown! She was off balance, that was a knockdown! She was off balance and that was a genuine knockdown”.
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) November 25, 2023
Fans took to social media to give their verdict on what was perhaps a pivotal moment in the fight, with opinion seemingly split.
“100% it was. Feet to each side of each other. Jab from Cameron caught her feet missed placed and off balanced.”
“It was a knockdown. Thought maybe she stepped on her foot but no looked like a clean knockdown”
“Definitely not a knockdown!”
“Their lead legs got caught as she was stepping back, was not caused by a strike, but caused by poor foot work – should not be scored as a knockdown”
This may not be the last time we see the two in the ring together, with Taylor open to a trilogy at Croke Park.