Following the news of Amanda Serrano’s injury, undisputed lightweight champion, Katie Taylor, is keen to still fight on May 20 in Dublin and has challenged Chantelle Cameron to step up to the plate.
Ireland’s Taylor (22-0, 6 KOs) has not fought in her home country as a professional, but that was all set to change in her highly-anticipated rematch with Puerto Rico’s Serrano (44-2-1, 30 KOs).
Despite a stadium fight at Croke Park being off the table for May and more likely for September, Taylor’s local fans were set to get the chance to see her in the flesh at the 3 Arena.
It would be a repeat of 2022’s fight of the year when the pair met in Madison Square Garden with Taylor weathering a storm to win via split decision.
That was until news broke of Serrano’s niggling injuries from her fight with Erika Cruz – in which she because undisputed featherweight champion – making the May date impossible.
Promoter Eddie Hearn said the plan was to wait for Serrano and reschedule the bout, presuming the recovery timeline wasn’t extraordinary, but Taylor has taken matters into her own hands and called out Cameron (17-0, 8 KOs) – also undisputed but at super-lightweight.
“Let’s get it done Eddie Hearn, this homecoming has waited long enough! 3 Arena Dublin is available so let’s give Ireland a night to remember on May 20th. Let’s go Chantelle Cameron, happy to move up in weight for the opportunity to become a two weight Undisputed champ.”
Cameron responded quickly, stating the fight could be made within 24 hours.
“I’m more than happy to accept!! Like you, I only want to fight the best. I’m not difficult to deal with so this fight can be signed, sealed and delivered in 24 hours.”
@KatieTaylor I’m more than happy to accept!! Like you, I only want to fight the best. I'm not difficult to deal with so this fight can be signed, sealed and delivered in 24hours. @DAZNBoxing@MatchroomBoxing@JamieMoore777@FrankSmith@EddieHearn Let's go! #fightoftheyearpic.twitter.com/pOOWmwbPQy
— Chantelle Cameron (@chantellecam) March 2, 2023
It’s believed that, whilst this homecoming will be a spectacle, Taylor will still aim to tick the local stadium off her boxing bucket list.
If she comes through Cameron – which is by no means a given – perhaps the reunion with Serrano could land there later in the year. If not, it could be Cameron in line for a lucrative rematch.