Irish Hope Gary Cully Chief Supports On Taylor vs Cameron Undercard
FRIDAY, JUNE 3 2011 – Katowice, Poland, Team GB and Ireland faced off in the semi-finals of the Lightweight division at the European Union Amateur Boxing Championships. The reigning AIBA world and European champion Katie Taylor convincingly beat English champion Chantelle Cameron 28-10.
Taylor went on to win Gold at the 2012 Olympics amongst seventeen other international amateur tournaments whilst Cameron didn’t quite reach the same pinnacles of the unpaid code. Nevertheless, more than five years later, they both switched over to the pro ranks within seven months of each other.
Ever since they turned professional, the pair have always been linked with fighting each other but the Irishwoman’s rise was much quicker than the Northamptonian’s and they found themselves at different weights, at different stages of their career and different positions on fight cards.
With them both being under the same promoter, Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, fight fans knew that one day they would be treated to this matchup.
Taylor’s homecoming has been years in the making and after a fight-of-the-year contender in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden, the Amanda Serrano rematch became the perfect fight to do it.
Boxing being boxing though and complications began before the rematch was even announced. Croke Park fell out of the running due to extraordinarily high costs and they would have to go to an arena instead.
The dream venue was out and soon after so was the perfect opponent. Serrano would not be ready for May 20. Promoter Eddie Hearn told media outlets that the focus was on a Serrano rematch and the homecoming may well be scrapped.
Taylor was not gonna wait any longer though and she made an unexpected move by calling out Cameron over social media to save the May 20 date. “Let’s get it done @EddieHearn, this homecoming has waited long enough! @3arenadublin is available so let’s go give Ireland a night to remember on May 20. Let’s go @chancam91, happy to move up in weight for the opportunity to become a two-weight undisputed champ”
Not only was she willing to face the fighter that most felt would give the Bray women her toughest night, but Taylor was willing to move up in weight and dance at 140.
1️2 years unbeaten and 8 world titles between them, Taylor (22-0, 6 KOs) and long-time rival Cameron (17-0, 8 KOs) collide this Saturday, May 20 for Cameron’s Undisputed Super Lightweight title at the 3Arena, Dublin, live and exclusively on DAZN
Taylor’s performance that night in 2011 was one of the best of her amateur career and more than a decade on, she will need another career-best display to keep her undefeated record intact.
Taylor vs Cameron Undercard
Naas Lightweight sensation Gary Cully (16-0, 10 KOs) takes on Mexico’s Jose Felix (39-6-1, 30 KOs) over ten rounds.
An underwhelming opponent for Cully in terms of the step-up he’s been looking for but a very durable Mexican who should extend Cully some much-needed rounds.
The 6″2 Lightweight is expected to be a major part of Matchroom’s UK/Ireland business and is hopeful of headlining his own card at the 3Arena in the next twelve months. A respectable but faded name like Jorge Linares or Richard Commey could be next for Cully.
Irishmen Dennis Hogan (31-4-1, 7 KOs) and Liverpool’s James Metcalf (24-2, 15 KOs) collide for the IBO super welterweight championship.
‘Kid Shamrock’ JJ Metcalf is the WBA’s #3 ranked contender at 154 after his upset win over Spanish star Kerman Lejjaraga when they met in Bilbao last May. Metcalf signed with Matchroom quickly after and made the first defence of his WBA Continental strap against Courtney Pennington last December.
Hogan, an Irishmen based in Australia, also fights in his come country for the first time. ‘Hurricane’ picked up the IBO title in his last contest against Britain’s Sam Eggington last October and immediately spoke about being on the Taylor Serrano 2 undercard to Australian media.
Belfast’s Caoimhin Agyarko (12-0, 7 KOs) returns from injury against Kent’s Grant Dennis (18-4, 3 KOs) in a ten-round Middleweight contest.
Agyarko boxed three times under the Matchroom banner within 9 months of signing and was supposed to continue that activity in a fan-friendly bout with Peter Dobson last October but had to withdraw due to injury.
The 154-pound prospect now plans to get back in the ring in Ireland and work towards headlining in Belfast at the end of this year in a major step up.
Dublin Heavyweight Thomas Carty (5-0, 4 KOs) meets Glasgow’s Jay McFarlane (14-7, 5 KOs) for the BUI Celtic Title.
Taylor vs Cameron Before The Bell
Undefeated Limerick Welterweight Paddy Donovan (10-0, 7 KOs) meets Sheffield’s Sam O’maison (17-4-1, 7 KOs). Donovan parted ways with Top Rank earlier this year and now hopes to sign with Matchroom but will need to look impressive against O’maison who unsuccessfully battled with Dalton Smith last August.
Eltham Flyweight prospect Maisey Rose Courtney (2-0) takes on Waterford’s Kate Radomska (3-1) over 6 rounds.
Taylor vs Cameron UK Time, Ticket Information, And Ring Walk Times
An 7-fight card which features a 50-50 clash between Dennis Hogan and JJ Metcalf, Irish star Gary Cully, and more is scheduled to begin at 5:45 pm BST (12:45 pm ET, 9:45 am PT) on the Matchroom Boxing and DAZN Boxing YouTube channels with the main card a little while later at 7 pm BST (2 pm ET, 11 am PT) on DAZN globally.
Main Event Ring Walks will occur at approximately 10:00 pm BST (5:00 pm ET, 2:00 pm PT). Stay tuned to NoSmokeSport.com for more details about the undercard, running order, and fight week updates as they happen. The event is completely sold out with no tickets available outside the secondary market.
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Katie Taylor vs Chantelle Cameron – Undisputed Super Lightweight Title – Sat, May 20– 3 Arena, Dublin – Live On DAZN