Katie Taylor Beats Chantelle Cameron To Become The New Undisputed Super Lightweight Champion

Katie Taylor became the new undisputed super lightweight champion with a majority-decision win over Chantelle Cameron.

In a thrilling encounter, Taylor managed to avenge her loss to Cameron, who suffered the first defeat of her career. And in doing so, Taylor became undisputed in a second weight class following her achievements at 135 pounds. In the opening round, Taylor attempted to box around her opponent while Cameron connected with a jab and a right hand. As the round progressed, Taylor hit the canvas, only for the referee to rule it a slip in a competitive opener.

In the following rounds, Cameron sought to impose her size on Taylor by working her opponent on the inside. However, Taylor’s hand speed allowed her to rattle off her combinations. Following a clash of heads, Cameron suffered a cut on her forehead as Taylor edged ahead. At the beginning of the fifth round, the ringside doctor examined the cut before the fight proceeded.

Taylor’s high work rate proved a success, as Cameron’s jab was nowhere to be seen. However, the latter worked her way back into the fight with a strong sixth round. Taylor was forced onto the ropes as Cameron left fly with shots to the body as the jab found its way in a strong round for the Brit.

However, Taylor’s timing proved crucial as she beat her opponent in the exchanges. A right hand from Taylor landed on Cameron, who sought to respond, only for the Irishwoman to clinch in the seventh. The latter then connected with a three-punch combination as Taylor smothered anything that was coming back her way.

Cameron responded in the eighth round by landing an uppercut as Taylor began to feel the pace. Taylor’s eye suffered from some extensive bruising following a cut above her left eye. Despite this being the case, Taylor rallied back in the ninth as she let her hands go. Both fighters then went toe-to-toe in the tenth, but it was Taylor who finished stronger as she took the win on the scorecards: 95-95, 98-92 and 96-94.

Following the win, Eddie Hearn revealed that there could be a trilogy at Croke Park next year.

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“Two-weight undisputed champion, that sounds very nice. That was the longest six months of my life, waiting for this rematch. All I was thinking about was the rematch. Whoever wrote me off, they obviously don’t know me very well. The last fight, you saw the worst of me and the best of Chantelle. Tonight, you saw the real me, and when I box like that, nobody can beat me. It takes two to tango. Chantelle is a phenomenal fighter and a phenomenal champion, and she deserves everything she gets as well. To have a trilogy would be great respect for both of us. That’s exactly what we both want. She’s a legend herself,” Taylor

Full Card

Katie Taylor def. Chantelle Cameron via a majority decision: 98-92, 96-94 and 95-95

Paddy Donovan def. Danny Ball via a fourth-round TKO – Welterweights

Gary Cully def. Reece Mould via a  split decision: 97-93, 96-93, 93-97 – Lightweight

Skye Nicolson def. Lucy Wildheart via a ninth-round TKO – interim WBC featherweight title

John Cooney def. Liam Gaynor via a first-round TKO – Super Featherweight

Emmet Brennan def. Jamie Morrissey via an eighth round TKO – Light Heavyweight

Zelfa Barrett def. Costin Ion via an eight-round decision: 78-75 – Super Featherweight

Giorgio Visioli def. Lee Anthony Sibley via a fourth-round TKO – Lightweight

Thomas Carty def. Dan Garber via an eight-round TKO – Heavyweight

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