Katie Taylor’s homecoming in Ireland ended in defeat, as she lost to Chantelle Cameron via a majority decision.
From the opening bell, Cameron asserted her dominance as the size difference was evident to see.
Taylor attempted to close the distance and get out of range to avoid Cameron’s heavy hitting. However, the latter dominated the opening rounds.
In the second half of the fight, Taylor landed the cleaner shots as she sought to make her way back into the bout.
However, down the stretch, Cameron’s physicality proved crucial as she retained her undisputed junior welterweight titles.
As the fight went to the scorecards, the judges had it as follows: 95-95, 96-94 and 96-94. Defeat puts a dent in Taylor’s plans for her rematch with Amanda Serrano, who had pulled out due to injury, which paved the way for Cameron.
However, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn confirmed that a rematch between Taylor and Cameron is being planned in Dublin, Ireland, in the Autumn.
“It was a very, very close fight. It’s not how I wanted my homecoming to go but I’m just so grateful for all of the support regardless. Thank you so much. Congratulations to Chantelle. Fantastic performance.
“Thank you so much for this opportunity to fight for your belts and looking forward to the rematch. It was a tough, grueling 10 rounds like I expected it to be. I guess I just came up short tonight. I look forward to next time we face each other,” Taylor
“If I’m honest. I wasn’t expecting the decision to go my way. I’m over the moon it went my way and the right woman got her arm raised.
“I need to speak to my team because everything was in Katie’s favour in this fight. I walked to the ring first and also came to Ireland so we need to speak about how it’s going to play out with the rematch,” Cameron