Katie Taylor on Cameron rematch: 'No other fight made sense to me'

Undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor (22-1, 8KOs) admitted that no fight made sense other than a rematch with current undisputed super-lightweight champion Chantelle Cameron (18-0, 8KOs) following her public workout yesterday in the Irish capital. 

The respective undisputed champions came to blows in May of this year, with Cameron being drafted in as a replacement for Amanda Serrano, initially selected for the May 20th encounter. However, injury to Serrano saw Cameron fill the void as a worthy adversary to the then-undefeated Taylor. 

Cameron would rip up the script on Taylor’s long-awaited homecoming, who was boxing in front of her fans in her homeland for the first time as a professional after competing in the UK and, latterly, the United States. 

Taylor would succumb to a majority decision loss, with Cameron securing two scorecards of 94-94 in her favour against one 9-5-95 even scorecard. 

Immediately post-fight, Taylor would invoke a rematch clause in her favour, which would see the pair re-run the contest at the 3Arena in the Irish capital, Dublin. 

Taylor has promised to improve her performance from the first time around, admitting that she did not feel herself and is expecting to win now that she is back to her best. 

If successful, Taylor is eyeing a trilogy with Cameron, saying, ‘I definitely wouldn’t turn down a trilogy.

“I think I definitely have to make a statement on Saturday night,” said Taylor. “Obviously, the homecoming didn’t go my way the last time. This is a must-win fight for me. It’s all business this week for me. It’s certainly very different this week from the last time we fought. I’m just excited to step in there.

“No other fight made sense to me after the last fight. Straight away, we said we wanted the rematch. Thank God I have this opportunity for a rematch. Not every fighter has this opportunity for a rematch. I’m just so so grateful. I have a chance to rectify things on Saturday night – I can’t wait.

“I just didn’t feel myself the last fight. Everybody who watched the fight knew I wasn’t myself on the night. It was just a bit of a flat performance. It was just one of those nights.

“I’ve put my body through the trenches these last few months in preparation for this rematch. I’m going to be prepared for whatever comes my way on Saturday. I feel so excited for this fight. I’m very, very hungry, and I’m like a woman possessed at the moment for this rematch!

“I think when I’m at my best, nobody can beat me. That’s it. Every single boxer dreams of being in this position – headlining a huge show in their own country. This is absolutely amazing, and I will have the chance to do it again on Saturday night. Absolutely, I’ll be becoming a two-weight undisputed champion.

“Obviously, we have to get over Saturday first. We can talk about that after Saturday night, but I definitely wouldn’t turn down a trilogy.”