On a thrilling night in Dublin, 37-year-old Katie Taylor showcased her enduring prowess, securing victory in a hard-fought rematch against Chantelle Cameron and reaffirming her status as the undisputed super lightweight champion at both 135 and 140 pounds—a testament to her standing as one of the greatest female boxers in history.
The rematch delivered intensity from the opening bell, with both fighters unleashing powerful flurries of punches, reminiscent of their captivating clash in May. In that previous bout, Cameron secured a majority decision, marking Taylor's first professional defeat. The first round of their rematch was not without controversy; Cameron's apparent stiff jab certainly looked like a knockdown, at least in my opinion. However, the referee ruled otherwise, and Taylor swiftly rose, resuming her aggressive assault.
Throughout the bout, both fighters employed rugged tactics, exchanging blows on breaks and after the bell, leading to multiple clashes of heads. Blood flowed from a severe cut on Cameron's forehead, while Taylor displayed marks of the battle with black and blue.
Unlike their previous encounter, Taylor adeptly handled Cameron's close-quarters dominance, preventing her larger opponent from fully settling into her rhythm. Although each round proved closely contested, Taylor managed to slightly edge out the majority, a fact reflected in the official scorecards. However, the scoring, especially the 98-92 card, raises questions. Why do judges see it so far apart?
After the fight, Taylor expressed her gratitude, saying, "Two-weight undisputed champion, that sounds very nice. Thank you so much, everyone. That was the longest six months of my life waiting for this rematch. I'm so glad I got to do it with my home crowd. This is my real homecoming tonight. ... Whoever wrote me off, you obviously don't know me very well. Don't ever doubt me."
With both fighters handing each other their first career losses and considering both bouts ended in majority decisions, a third and final showdown seems inevitable. Taylor openly entertained the idea, proposing the iconic setting of one of Ireland's most renowned stadiums for the decisive chapter in one of women's boxing's premier in-ring rivalries. The questionable judging decisions only add to the intrigue, especially with the contentious round one knockdown situation. Will we witness a third match to break the deadlock, with one win apiece and last night's thrilling fight making a strong case for a rematch?