By: Sean Crose
“Last time out I pulled off one of the best ever away wins against the best female fighter on the planet,” says undisputed lightweight champion Chantelle Cameron. ““To go over to Ireland for her homecoming with my belts on the line and beat her was a brilliant experience.” Cameron is referring, of course, to her victory over Katie Taylor in Taylor’s native Ireland back in May. Now, however, a rematch between the two women has been set for the 25th of November, again in Ireland. Cameron, however, is nothing if not confident walking in. “Beating her on November 25 will surpass that (her first victory over Taylor) as I know what to expect now,” she says.
“I’ve boxed at that high level with a huge amount of pressure on me and the crowd against me,” Cameron recalls of last May. “Going into November 25 I’m more than prepared this time. I know what it feels like now and I’m going to go in there with more aggression and energy and I’m confident of getting the job done in better fashion.” The 22-1 Taylor, however, is no easy out. A highly decorated amateur and professional, she is widely regarded as one of the best women fighters in the world.
Not that it matters to the undefeated, 18-0 Cameron. “I’m going to be a lot better in the rematch,” she says. “In the gym we’re correcting mistakes that I’ve made. There were little things that I was doing during the first fight that led to me being headbutted a lot – that’s why my face was very bruised up at the end of the fight.” No doubt that Taylor, too, will be working on her mistakes the first time around. “I’m delighted the rematch has been made and really can’t wait for another huge night in November,” she says. “I relish challenges like this and these are the occasions I live for.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn is quick to point out the fight’s relevance. “Last time out Chantelle Cameron proved that she in one of the very best female fighters on the planet by handing Katie Taylor her first loss in the professional ranks,” he says. “Katie will be desperate to avenge that loss but Chantelle is determined to prove that it wasn’t a one off. Don’t miss this one, live and exclusive around the world on DAZN.”
Cameron-Taylor 2 will be broadcast from 3Arena Dublin live on DAZN November 25th.
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