There’s no doubt that Katie Taylor is one of the greatest female boxers of all time, and a second defeat to Chantelle Cameron will by no means tarnish her legacy given everything she has done for the sport of women’s boxing.
However, as far as Taylor is concerned, losing to her English foe in front of a home crowd for a second time at the 3Arena on November 25 is simply not an option.
The 37-year-old Irish native, who helped put women’s boxing on the map, waited a very long time for her homecoming bout in Dublin earlier this year.
But things didn’t pan out exactly how Taylor would have expected, as her counterpart Cameron caused a massive upset .
The hostile environment inside the 3Arena didn’t seem to bother Cameron in the way it was supposed to, as the English fighter won by majority decision (95-95, 96-94, and 96-94) after a gruelling 10 rounds of action.
That certainly isn’t the result the Irish crowd would have hoped for following Taylor’s long-awaited first professional fight in Dublin, but she has the chance to put things right when they trade blows again later this month.
However, the bookmakers have priced the Irishwoman as the underdog ahead of the bout. She’s 6/4 in the Katie Taylor odds, while Cameron is the favourite to come out on top again at 4/7.
Taylor will take no notice of the fact she is less fancied in the betting market than her opponent though, and is purely focused on the task at hand.
“Every single fight is a must win. I’m very aware this fight is a must win fight,” Taylor said earlier this month.
“I’m very grateful to have a chance to rectify things and get things right.
“At the end of the day resurrection is built in my mindset and is in my DNA.
“I’ve been here before, not as a pro, I know how to come back strong.”
What is interesting is that Taylor has a home advantage once again. Usually, in boxing, the title holder gets the final say in where the fight takes place, and so on.
However, Cameron (rather reluctantly) agreed to the second fight taking place back at the 3Arena and will now have to overcome the boisterous home crowd once again, as well as a fired-up Taylor.
The 32-year-old from Northampton could regret that decision should she fail to defend her belts and lose her title as the undisputed light-welterweight champion in the Irish capital.
She did win the last fight by two rounds of two of the judges’ scorecards though, and that will not be easy for an aging Taylor to turn around on November 25 — hence why Cameron is the favourite in the boxing odds.
With Taylor’s career literally hanging on the line, however, this is an incredibly tough fight to call and we wouldn’t like to try and make a prediction.
Taylor is out for revenge and has the backing of an entire nation, while Cameron has already proven that she has what it takes to beat her.
Who knows what is going to happen?