Dublin’s 3Arena will be packed out this weekend as local hero Katie Taylor looks to avenge the only defeat of her career against undisputed super-lightweight champion, Chantelle Cameron.
Back in May, Cameron dominated Taylor over ten rounds and it will take a career-best performance for the home fighter to exact her revenge.
At 37, Katie Taylor is already a future hall of fame candidate. As both an amateur and professional, she has broken records continuously and she is a trailblazer in every sense of the word. There isn’t a female on the planet that has done more to advance women’s boxing but she is a born competitor and the fact she now has a defeat on her record will have eaten away at her for the last six months.
Taylor has been competing at the elite level for 20+ years but she has never worn the battle scars of a long career, she has always found a way to win and look impressive but in the first fight with Cameron she looked vulnerable. For the first time, Taylor was slower, easier to hit and her gas tank wasn’t as reliable as it’s always been, which are all signs that she put too many miles on the clock.
Chantelle Cameron arrived in Dublin earlier this year as the underdog and given her reserved personality outside of the ring, people doubted whether she would be able to deal with the fanfare that surrounds a Katie Taylor fight week, but they couldn’t have been more wrong. Cameron showed maturity and poise and the way she dismantled Taylor over twelve rounds was impressive.
With a record of 18-0 (8KO), Cameron has been perfect as a professional and has continued to develop under the watchful eye of trainer, Jamie Moore. The 32-year-old is now the undisputed super-lightweight champion and is still improving. Her natural punching power and front-foot pressure make her a nightmare to deal with and it’s going to take a special fighter to stop the momentum she is building.
This is Katie Taylors 18th consecutive world title fight but it is by far her hardest. The Irish hero must overcome her toughest opponent physically but she will also need to defy time. Boxing is an unforgiving sport and it has humbled many great but aging champions in the past, Taylor must prove she still has something left.
These are both technically gifted but given the noise that will be coming from the arena, this could catch fire and become a fight of the year contender. If it does, Chantelle Cameron is naturally the bigger athlete and the bigger puncher and can force a stoppage to cement her place as the best super-lightweight on the planet. (13/2).
On the undercard, Paddy Donovan (11-0 8KO) faces the biggest test of his career as he takes on English welterweight champion Danny Ball over ten rounds. Donovan, who trains under former world champion Andy Lee, was a fantastic amateur and has made eye-catching strides as professional so far.
In eleven fights, he has travelled across the world competing on some huge undercards but it’s now time for him to progress towards world level and he has the potential to be a breakout star as we head into 2024.
Danny Ball, 13-1-1 (6KO), is a solid campaigner who has maximised every ounce of talent and he will arrive in Dublin hoping he can cause a huge upset and catapult his own career to a whole new level. This is a solid step-up for Donovan but he looks like a fighter who is desperate for these sort of challenges and his variety and power should be too much for Ball over ten rounds.
The fight to have less than six completed rounds (7/4) is the play here.
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PROFIT/LOSS (NOV 2023): LOSS -19.91 points