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Katie Taylor wants rematch after losing undefeated record to Chantelle Cameron

Katie Taylor and Chantelle Cameron. Photo credit: Getty Images

Irish superstar Katie Taylor 22-1 (6) was unsuccessful in her bid to become an undisputed world champion at two weights when she lost a majority decision to Chantelle Cameron 18-0 (8) at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland on Saturday night.

England’s Cameron, 32, unified the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF junior welterweight titles in her last fight with a unanimous decision win over Jessica McCaskill last November.

Ireland’s Taylor, 36, was jumping up a weight class from lightweight where she holds the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF titles.

Cameron’s size and pressure were key factors in the fight. She fought aggressively, refusing to be deterred when Taylor caught her coming in. Though Taylor landed 46% of her power punches according to CompuBox, Cameron landed more power punches than Taylor in six of the 10 rounds and landed 24 more power punches than Taylor over the course of the fight.

When the final bell rang the judges scored the bout 95-95, 96-94 and 96-94 in favour of Cameron.

The champion admitted she was worried about the scorecards while waiting in centre ring for them to be read out.

“I was petrified. I’ve seen results go the other way in the past,” Cameron said.

“It was a close fight and Katie is a great boxer, pound-for-pound the best. My strength is putting the pressure on. I don’t mind getting hit so my corner let me off the leash.

“She’s so fast and tough. She’s one of the greatest boxers there is. I beat McCaskill last fight and now I’ve just beat another undisputed champion. I’m sick of keeping my belts, I want to go for more belts.

“Unbelievable atmosphere. It’s a shame they [the fans] weren’t backing me but Katie has a great following. I put my belts up against the pound-for-pound best so I’ve clearly got some guts.”

It was Taylor’s first bout in her homeland since turning professional seven years ago. There is a rematch clause in Taylor’s contract that she intends to activate.

“I was expecting a gruelling fight and that’s what it was,” Taylor said. “I obviously came up short. I always love a challenge and I’m looking forward to the rematch.

“This isn’t how I wanted the homecoming to go but I’m grateful that this event could sell out in a couple of minutes.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn wants to stage the rematch back in Dublin in the near future.

“I want to congratulate Katie and Chantelle for showing us what boxing is all about,” the Matchroom Boxing boss said.

“It was a fight that could have gone either way but I think the result was right.

“There is a rematch clause and we want to do it again in the autumn. There’s only one thing on Katie’s mind and that is a rematch.”