1+ Knockdowns in the Fight
The first fight between the pair had Katie Taylor as top billing, even though it wasn’t her belts on the line, but after victory in May, Chantelle Cameron is on the left hand side of the poster and has all the other perks that go with being the ‘A’ side, except home advantage – the rematch this Saturday is back at the 3Arena in Dublin in front of Taylor’s rowdy home fans.
Taylor-Cameron 1 was a homecoming bout for the Irish champ, and a chance to become undisputed in two divisions simultaneously, but the fight didn’t go to plan. The judges scored it as a mixed decision, and it was close, but almost all neutrals felt Cameron deserved it.
As an amateur Katie dominated for more than 10 years up to 2015, winning pretty much every major tournament including the Olympics, Worlds and Europeans. But in 2016 she lost to three women she had beaten the year before, and gave up her Olympic and World crowns in the process – and just like that, she was finished as an amateur.
Taylor was the favourite back in May, but she’s turned 37 since then, and Cameron is odds-on this Saturday. One more heroic performance from Katie would win her all the titles at 140 pounds, but Chantelle is confident she can repeat her winning feat.
Chantelle Cameron v Katie Taylor
I picked the draw the first time and one judge saw it that way, unfortunately for me, everyone else who made the same bet as me, and Katie, the other two judges gave it 6-rounds-to-4 to Cameron.
The Northampton puncher pressed forward from the opening bell, and controlled the distance with long, hard shots. Cameron set a relentless pace and threw almost twice the amount of punches asTaylor in the first half of the fight, but she also used clever footwork to avoid being countered. Katie came back into the contest, but it wasn’t enough for the victory.
This time Taylor has got to start faster. Both women are class, and both will land, but Bray‘s finest has to get back to her signature skill of finishing every major exchange. Cameron can fight differently – she can have a brawl – but it is hard to see her changing what was so successful the first time.
Team Taylor announced that they would activate the rematch clause almost as soon as the final bell went, and it showed their confidence, determination and desire to win. Katie has done a lot in her career already but being undisputed in a second division would be huge and could open the gates to the massive contest at Croke Park that she craves.
The 2012 Olympic gold medallist scraped a decision against Delfine Persoon in their first encounter in 2019, but the following year in the rematch Taylor turned in a much improved performance and won by unanimous decision.
I expect Katie will start better this time, but I am not sure Cameron can be better. I think it will be a very close contest, and I am backing the draw again.
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1+ Knockdowns In The Fight
I can’t see a knockout in this fight – Taylor hasn’t won inside the distance in more than four-and-a-half years, while Cameron only has one KO win in the same period – but I can definitely see a knockdown. Both women will give it their all in the ring on Saturday and they are going to leave themselves open at times.
I must admit, I favour Chantelle more than Katie to score a knockdown – the Brit has the size and strength advantages, and she has more KO wins in less fights than Taylor. But Cameron can be caught, and Taylor’s rapid combinations always have a chance of dropping an opponent.
A knockdown only needs one punch and can come from either woman at any point from the first bell to the last – check out #WhatOddsPaddy for all the specials, but I fancy the simple 1 or more knockdowns in the fight at a great price.
1+ Knockdowns in the Fight
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