We analyse the credentials and statistics of Chantelle Cameron and Katie Taylor as the two super-lightweights get set to share the same ring for a second time with all of the marbles in the 140lbs division on the line.
As soon as the words ‘And still’ boomed out of the microphone held by Ring Announcer David Diamante both Chantelle Cameron and Katie Taylor already knew they would fight again.
A contractual rematch clause allows Taylor another opportunity to become a two-weight undisputed champion on November 25th when she challenges Cameron for her super-lightweight crown.
And once again, she has home advantage back at the 3Arena in Dublin, the same venue as the first fight.
Knowing all of that does not dampen the fact that Cameron was the better fighter on May 20th and was a deserving winner despite the 95-95 scorecard from Chicago judge Patrick Morley.
In the betting, the tables have turned as well... Cameron is now the odds-on favourite to emerge triumphant with Taylor a short-priced odds-against.
It promises to be another memorable night for women’s boxing, but it may well prove to be a tearful one if Taylor was to lose again.
Back-to-back losses for the 37-year-old could bring the curtain down on what has been an outstanding career.
Let's take a look at the Tale of the Tape...
|Chantelle Cameron||Katie Taylor|
|Nickname:||'Il Capo'||'The Bray Bomber'|
|Height:||5ft 8ins||5ft 5ins|
|Trainer:||Jamie Moore||Ross Enamait|
|Record:||18-0 (8 KO's)||22-1 (6 KO's)|
|Last Fight:||Won - (MD) v Katie Taylor (May 2023)||Lost - (MD) v Chantelle Cameron (May 2023)|
Becoming undisputed female super-lightweight champion by beating Jessica McCaskill in November 2002 was proof that Chantelle Cameron was the best of the best at 140lbs.
However, with a lack of depth in the weight division ‘Il Capo’ knew she needed a household name on her record to take her career to a different level.
Against Taylor she was by no means a longshot and many experts tipped her to win. But going into Ireland to ruin a homecoming for the country’s Golden Girl elevated the challenge facing Cameron.
The Northampton fighter may have held all the belts and been the natural super-lightweight, but Taylor was the superstar and looked destined to go unbeaten for the rest of her career.
The fact that Cameron matched her opponent in nearly every department and two of the three judges recognised she deserved to win was a good look for the sport.
On November 25th all of that will be forgotten and the reset button will be pressed.
This time around she may have to even more dominant to beat Taylor - Cameron knows that not only can she break Irish hearts again, but she has the chance to be the one that retires a legend.
And with a stronger mindset, an unbreakable spirit and even greater self-belief few would bet against her.
Once again Chantelle Cameron goes into the lion’s den to take on not just Katie Taylor but thousands of fans and an entire nation.
|Jab||Carries chin too high|
|Powerful||Leaves herself open when attacking|
|Footwork||Sometimes too aggressive|
|Right hand||Hand speed|
The mesmerising skillset of Katie Taylor met its match in Chantelle Cameron on May 20th.
Moving up five pounds slowed the Irishwoman and played a part in neutralising what she does best. Cameron did everything that mattered much better on the night.
It was a flat display from Taylor, but, at 37, and having gone to war with Amanda Serrano, Delfine Persoon and Natasha Jonas, time was always going to catch up with her.
To win the rematch Taylor cannot just bank on the crowd and home advantage.
She carries a hand speed advantage but her willingness to exchange shots on most occasions caught up with her in May.
On this occasion boxing and moving will be critical to her chances of winning but Cameron will always be in front of her, backing Taylor up, trapping her and throwing shots at the right distance.
It may take something super-human for Taylor to win, similar to her performance against Amanda Serrano. But it was that display of courage and heart which may signalled the beginning of the end.
|Hand speed||Open to body shots|
|Combination punching||Trades unnecessarily at times|
|Footwork||A lot of miles on the clock|
|Experience||Lacks significant punch power|
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