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AND THE NEW! Katie Taylor goes double undisputed with rematch win over Chantelle Cameron: Full fight video highlights and results

Katie Taylor is the new undisputed champion at 140 with a win over Chantelle Cameron.

Katie Taylor lands a right hand on Chantelle Cameron in their rematch, which Taylor won by decision
Katie Taylor is the new undisputed champion at 140 with a win over Chantelle Cameron
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Katie Taylor is the new undisputed champion at 140 lbs, beating Chantelle Cameron in an outstanding rematch today in London.

The win means that Taylor now reigns as full undisputed champion at both 135 and 140.

Taylor got the majority decision nod — and it was earned — on scores of 95-95, 96-94, and 98-92. Bad Left Hook unofficially had it 98-92 for Taylor, but this was no blowout, as most rounds were competitive, hard-fought, and gritty, a fight that topped their first really good one.

Taylor (23-1, 6 KO) came in as the underdog for the first time as a professional, having lost for the first time as a pro to Cameron (18-1, 8 KO) back in May.

Unbelievably, the 37-year-old Taylor looked overall better than she has in some time, while all that time still being one of the best in the world. She was sharp, fast, and had a terrific game plan, able to out-fight the bigger, younger Cameron this time around.

It was also a fight filled with what you might call “veteran tactics,” as Taylor used the clinch quite a bit, though not always to her advantage, as some of Cameron’s best work came when the two were tied up.

The fighters’ heads also clashed repeatedly, leaving Cameron with a pretty nasty gash on her forehead by the third round, something that Taylor targeted both with her fists and head.

“Two-weight undisputed champion, that sounds very nice!” Taylor said after the fight. “That was the longest six months of my life, waiting for this rematch. All I was thinking about was the rematch.”

“Whoever wrote me off, they obviously don’t know me very well,” she added. “The last fight, you saw the worst of me and the best of Chantelle. Tonight, you saw the real me, and when I box like that, nobody can beat me.”

Asked about a potential trilogy, Katie simply responded that she wants the third fight in Dublin’s Croke Park, and also gave Cameron plenty of credit.

“It takes two to tango. Chantelle is a phenomenal fighter and a phenomenal champion, and she deserves everything she gets as well. To have a trilogy would be great respect for both of us. That’s exactly what we both want. She’s a legend herself.”

Undercard highlights and results

  • Gary Cully SD-10 Reece Mould (93-97, 96-93, 97-93): The 96-93 Cully card might have been tallied or read wrong. Either way, this was no easy bounce-back for Cully (17-1, 10 KO), who took a bad loss in May to Jose Felix at the same venue. There’s no getting around that Cully looked a bit skittish in the first half of this fight, or at the very least the first few rounds, but eating a few shots from Mould (18-2, 6 KO) might have been the best thing, because he did settle in and boxed pretty well. The Felix loss appeared to have shaken his confidence, and he had to rebound from that. I think for the most part he did a good job with it. Mould could have gotten the nod here, but Cully winning isn’t a robbery or anything, and he needed both the W and a decent test of his own mettle. He got both.
  • Paddy Donovan TKO-4 Danny Ball (2:41): Donovan, a 24-year-old welterweight, looked really good here. Ball (13-2-1, 6 KO) came to fight and win, and that suited Donovan (12-0, 9 KO) just fine, as he was able to dissect Ball with counters, sharpshooting fantastically, and just putting on a great show in Dublin. Ball got dropped in the fourth, and when it resumed, Donovan just went all-out for the finish, putting Ball down a second time on a delayed reaction body shot, at which point the towel came in.
  • Thomas Carty TKO-8 Dan Garber (2:19): This was not good. Good finish but a really bad fight up to that point. Carty is now 7-0 (6 KO).
  • Skye Nicolson TKO-9 Lucy Wildheart: She’s not world class, but I’m up to watch Lucy Wildheart fight any time, because this is her second straight outing where she gave a real effort against a top talent. Wildheart falls to 10-3 (4 KO) and was never really, truly in this fight, because Nicolson (9-0, 1 KO) looked sharp and played her matador role effectively, with Wildheart providing enough useful pressure to at least make Skye throw punches. And she threw them! She busted Wildheart up enough that the corner stopped it. They didn’t really have to stop it, it was no KNOCKOUT! but they felt strongly enough to throw the towel and give Nicolson her first pro stoppage win.

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