Dublin witnessed an electrifying light-welterweight title clash between Katie Taylor and Chantelle Cameron, with Taylor ultimately prevailing by a majority decision. Taylor, the Irish boxer, achieved an impressive feat on Saturday at 3Arena by becoming a two-weight undisputed champion. She managed to avenge the only loss of her career in an extraordinary bout.
Although she almost hit the deck in the final seconds, she stayed on her feet, which was crucial for the scorecards. The judges scored it a draw, with one judge, while the other two scored it 98-92 and 96-94 for Taylor.
Despite being considered an underdog by boxing experts and the major sports betting sitesfor the first time in her career, Taylor has proven her worth by winning undisputed championships in two different weights in the four-belt era, joining the ranks of only two other fighters, Claressa Shields and Terence Crawford.
Cameron's undefeated streak came to an end as she faced her first defeat in her 19-fight professional career, resulting in the forfeiture of her IBF, WBA, WBO, and WBC light-welterweight titles. Despite facing heartbreak six months earlier, the 37-year-old delivered one of the most outstanding performances of her career, solidifying this win as her ultimate triumph.
A Rematch that Lived up to the Billing
Taylor's ring entrance took a long time earlier this year as she savored her first professional fight on home soil. However, in this highly anticipated rematch, it was a new experience for her as she walked first this time, in her 18th consecutive world title bout.
Before making their way into the ring, the champion engaged in a brief display of shadow boxing on the ramp, eliciting a chorus of boos from the audience. The first round saw Taylor take an aggressive stance, a significant departure from their previous bout. Despite the enthusiastic support of the Irish crowd, Cameron stood her ground and absorbed Taylor's punches.
In the midst of the frenzied exchanges, Taylor formulated a plan that involved biding her time and then unleashing a flurry of counter punches when Cameron made a move. Taylor's dominance was evident as her coach, Ross Enamait, encouraged her to press on in the closing moments of the fourth round, while the cut on Cameron's forehead continued to widen.
The doctor was summoned to examine the deep wound, but was promptly sent away. Despite the bleeding, Cameron refused to retreat, starting the fifth round with great determination. Although Taylor attempted to push her opponent back, the reigning champion relentlessly advanced and landed a beautiful right hand on a moving Taylor.
As the final round began, the two women exchanged a brief moment of recognition as they touched gloves. High drama ensued after the final bell. The initial scorecard resulted in a 95-95 draw, intensifying the level of suspense. The crowd erupted as the last two scorecards favored Taylor, confirming her greatest victory. In that moment, Taylor couldn't contain her excitement and joined the crowd in roaring with delight.