Chantelle Cameron is ‘happy’ for her rematch with Katie Taylor to take place in Dublin… BUT insists ‘changes must be made’ after the Bray Bomber was treated like royalty for her homecoming
- Chantelle Cameron ruined Katie Taylor’s homecoming bout on Saturday night
- It went the distance with the judges scoring it 95-95, 96-94, 96-94 to Cameron
- She is opening to fighting Taylor in Dublin again but wants changes to be made
Chantelle Cameron has revealed she would be opening to fighting Katie Taylor for a second time in Dublin but said there ‘must be changes’ to accommodate her position as the champion.
Cameron ruined Taylor’s homecoming on Saturday evening by beating the Bray Bomber on points at the Dublin 3Arena to retain her status as undisputed super-lightweight champion.
Taylor — beaten after 22 straight wins — held back the tears after the fight but insisted she was looking forward to the rematch. She said: ‘Congratulations to Chantelle on a fantastic performance. Thank you for the opportunity to fight for your belts. I’m looking forward to the rematch’.
Therefore, it is likely that Taylor will activate the rematch clause in her contract – with the likes of Conor McGregor saying the second bout should take place at Croke Park in Dublin.
When asked whether she would be open to fighting the Bray Bomber in Dublin for a second time, Cameron said yes. However, she has made it clear some changes would have to take place.
Chantelle Cameron said she would be opening to fighting Katie Taylor in Dublin again
She ruined Taylor’s homecoming on Saturday evening by beating the Bray Bomber on points
Cameron admitted she would fight Taylor (above) in Dublin again but said there ‘must be changes’ to accommodate her position as the champion
Cameron appeared to be referring to the fact that she completed her ring walk first during their bout on Saturday night and the fact that Taylor’s name was first on the fight card.
When asked whether she would be open to facing Taylor for a second time, Cameron said: ‘I’ll happily take the rematch and I will go back to Dublin. But this time around there needs to be some changed.
‘What champion accepts a fight like that. I wasn’t treated like the champion that week. I was just there to turn up. But my team knew I was there to ruin the homecoming.’
She went on to add: ‘Walking out first, I was stood there for a long time as well. I was having to stay warm and stay focused. Everything was against me.
‘I stayed focused. I am proud of the way I handled fight week. The way I handled the occasion. The parole close to me knew I was capable and even though I won the fight there are things I learnt about myself.
‘It just fuelled the fire in me though. I would have got frustrated and I could have let it get the better of me but it was Katie Taylor’s homecoming. It was about her. But it just makes it better that I beat her. I really did ruin the homecoming.’
Speaking before the fight, Cameron expressed her concerns about the impartiality of the judging if the fight went the distance.
She was worried the judges may have be inclined to score the fight in Taylor’s favour given the Bray Bomber was looking to become an undisputed world champion in a second weight category on her Irish homecoming.
Cameron appeared to be referring to the fact that she completed her ring walk first during their bout on Saturday night and the fact that Taylor’s name was first on the fight card
Taylor’s ring walk took about 10 minutes as she soaked up the atmosphere at home
However, the judges scored the fight 95-95, 96-94, 96-94 in the favour of the visitor. Therefore, Cameron retained status as undisputed super-lightweight champion.
Despite feeling confident in her performance, Cameron said waiting for the judges scores was ‘awful’.
She said: ‘The wait was awful. I was just looking at my corner. I was just looking at my corner and I was thinking please no. Jamie looked away and I thought oh shit this is going to dejavu all over again.
‘I am glad the judges were fair on the night. It could have been another incident like Jack Catterall again. I’m just glad it was fair and that boxing have been fair.’