Katie Taylor became a two-weight undisputed world champion when she defeated Chantelle Cameron in their thrilling Dublin rematch.
After losing for the first time in May, Taylor managed to win a majority decision (scorecards: 98-92, 96-94, 95-95) when the pair battled in front of 9k of Taylor’s home fans.
Taylor started the fight strong, using her fast hands and feet to get the better of exchanges and move in and out of range before Cameron could get her work off.
There were two controversies in the fight, a stiff jab appeared to be landed by Cameron in round one which was not counted as a knockdown and the apparent use of the head by Taylor which led to a cut opening above Cameron’s eye in the third.
A fast start from Taylor was much needed as if she let Cameron pressure her, push her back and control the rhythm of the fight, there would be no way back. And that is what the Irish woman managed to do with the almost won at the halfway point.
Cameron caught Taylor with an eye-catching uppercut in the eighth which momentarily stunned her but the work rate and accuracy of Taylor was superior for the majority of the rounds and the successes for Cameron, compared to the first fight, were few and far between.
Honourable Mentions For Women’s Fight Of The Year
- Katie Taylor vs Chantelle Cameron 1
- Amanda Serrano vs Erika Cruz
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