Katie Taylor has the chance to become a 2-weight undisputed world champion Saturday when she battles undisputed super-lightweight champion Chantelle Cameron at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, on DAZN.
Cameron (17-0, 8 KOs; age 32) in her last outing outpointed Jessica McCaskill and possessed all the crowns with the win at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates last November.
Cameron won the WBC 140 pound title by downing Brazil’s Adriana dos Santos Arauja in October 2020, in a lockdown show.
Katie Taylor and Cameron Both Classy
At the Thursday presser to hype the show, no surprise, the two combatants stayed in character, classy.
“It's amazing to bring big-time boxing back to this nation where it belongs,” the Irishwoman Katie Taylor said.”I have a chance to make history and nobody is going to take that away from me. This is absolutely incredible, we’re only two days away from making my homecoming fight.
“I think that one of the things that I wanted to achieve when I first turned pro six years ago was to fight here at home. This is a nation who love their sport, who love their boxing, and for a very very small nation we’re very good at it as well.
“It’s amazing to be bringing big time boxing back to this nation again where it belongs.”
Taylor's trainer, Ross Enamait, weighed in:
“Chantelle is obviously a tremendous fighter, undefeated versus undefeated. But Katie is as motivated as ever. She’s always wanted this fight.. The noise will be epic but she’s been there before, going back to the 2012 Olympics, we fought Serrano at Madison Square Garden, we couldn’t hear the bell ring in several of the rounds, so she’s been there before.
“I’m sure she (Cameron is going to be aggressive,” the trainer continued. “She’s big and she’s strong, and she’s busy, but Katie has been sparring 15 rounds with fresh opponents coming in every few rounds so if the plan is to wear her out, I think they’re going to need to think again.
“She’s seen everything, and she’s proven it time and time again. Like I said, she’s firing on all cylinders. I’m sure you’ll see the best Chantelle Cameron but you’re also going to see the best Katie Taylor.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn offered his context, when he said this event is “one of the biggest moments in the history of Irish sport.
He continued: “This is exactly what boxing needs and this fight will be epic on Saturday night in front of a sold-out 3Arena – the biggest gate in the history of the 3Arena, live and exclusive on DAZN around the world.
“This is a huge moment for DAZN coming off the back of some incredible events. Ryan Garcia against Gervonta Davies, Canelo Alvarez against John Ryder and the return of Anthony Joshua. Of course this weekend, KSI last weekend, going into Leigh Wood against Mauricio Lara next weekend.”
“It’s unbelievable to be here,” Chantelle Cameron shared. “It feels like it was yesterday I was in Abu Dhabi thinking, ‘wow I’m undisputed World Champion, it’s not going to get bigger than this’ – I remember saying to Jamie the next day what’s next, what can I achieve now?
“I became undisputed – that was my dream. Fighting Katie Taylor now is my bigger goal – that’s what I always wanted. I never thought it would happen. For me this fight is bigger than becoming undisputed World Champion.
“When I saw that Amanda Serrano pulled out I thought Katie deserved a homecoming. What she’s done for women’s boxing, I wouldn’t be sat where I am if it wasn’t for Katie Taylor and Claressa Shields. The homecoming, I thought yeah let’s just jump in and take Amanda’s spot because I think Katie deserved this homecoming in Dublin.
“It was a no brainer for me. It will definitely be hostile but it’s going to be tunnel vision and I’ll be focused on the job at hand. I’ll let everything else go above my head, I’ve got one job to do and that is to win.”
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