Despite coming into the fight defending her belts

Chantelle Cameron beats Katie Taylor by majority decision to remain undisputed super-lightweight world champion; Taylor handed the first defeat of her career by unbeaten Cameron; Dublin contest was Taylor’s first home fight as a professional Sunday 21 May 2023 00:36, UK Chantelle Cameron celebrates beating Katie Taylor Chantelle Cameron celebrates retaining her super-lightweight titles by beating Katie Taylor Chantelle Cameron produced a stunning display to hand Katie Taylor a first professional defeat and remain undisputed super-lightweight world champion. Despite coming into the fight defending her belts, Cameron was seen as a major underdog for the Dublin contest, which was the first home bout of Taylor’s seven-year professional career. Cameron was ultimately rewarded for being the more aggressive fighter throughout a breathless 10-round contest, scoring a majority decision which moves her to 18-0 as a professional. Devin Haney vs Vasiliy Lomachenko winner in line for Stevenson showdown Get Sky Sports | Stream the biggest moments on NOW Taylor, who remains undisputed champion of the lightweight division and a hugely influential figure in the sport, drops to 22-1. “It was a close fight,” Cameron said in the ring after her victory. “Katie’s a great fighter, pound-for-pound best woman boxer there is, and I turned up for the occasion.” Dubln, Ireland – May 20: Katie Taylor v Chantelle Cameron, Undisputed Super-Lightweight World Title Fight..20 May 2023.Picture By Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing. Cameron fought on the front foot throughout the 10-round contest Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing Any doubts as to whether Cameron would be able to cope with the hostility coming her way from a partisan sold-out crowd were quickly dispelled as the 32-year-old immediately got on the front foot. Taylor rallied in the second, showing the speed and timing that helped her to a 2012 Olympic gold medal to counter Cameron’s aggression. Many had expected the 36-year-old to be able to make a fast start, but Cameron wasn’t perturbed and edged a tight third. However, it was the fourth and fifth two-minute periods where the English fighter broke the contest open, repeatedly landing heavy shots with Taylor struggling to find any answers. Taylor says she wants to take an immediate rematch against Cameron Cameron’s dominance was reflected by the power of her punches loosening Taylor’s tightly braided hair, which hung – perhaps irritatingly – over her right eye for much of the fifth round. The hair was eventually taken care of, but Taylor’s main obstacle, Cameron, remained unmoved despite a frantic sixth round in which the pair stood at close quarters trading heavy blows. While Taylor gave as good as she got in the exchange, it appeared to take more out of her than Cameron, who produced a dominant seventh, punctuated by perhaps her cleanest punch of the fight – a thudding right hand. Taylor rallied to get the better of the eighth and provide the passionate home fans with hope of a comeback, but Cameron held firm in two tight rounds to finish. Dubln, Ireland – May 20: Katie Taylor v Chantelle Cameron, Undisputed Super-Lightweight World Title Fight..20 May 2023.Picture By Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing. Taylor attempted to mount a late comeback against Cameron Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing While the consensus at ringside was that Cameron had done enough, there remained great tension until it was confirmed that two judges had scored it 96-94 in her favour, with the third calling it a 95-95 draw. Cameron admitted afterwards she was concerned the decision could have gone with the home fighter. “I was petrified (of a bad decision),” Cameron said. “I’ve seen it before in boxing and it’s happened to my team before. “She’s so fast, she’s rapid, she’s tough – she’s one of the greatest female boxers there is.” Taylor ‘looking forward’ to rematch Taylor said she would wait to watch the fight back before offering her own verdict on the judges’ decision, but was generous in her praise towards Cameron. However, her insistence that she will take up a rematch clause, suggests the rivalry is far from over. “It’s not how I wanted my homecoming to go,” Taylor said. Dubln, Ireland – May 20: Katie Taylor v Chantelle Cameron, Undisputed Super-Lightweight World Title Fight..20 May 2023.Picture By Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing.Katie Taylor with Conor McGregor after her loss. Taylor was consoled by Conor McGregor in the ring after her loss Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing “I’m just so grateful for the support regardless. “Congratulations to Chantelle on a fantastic performance, thanks so much for the opportunity to fight for your belts, and looking forward to the rematch.” As for Cameron, her retort that she wants to challenge for “someone else’s titles” suggests that after a possible rematch she might look to take on the same challenge Taylor did in going up a division in search of more titles.