long reign boxing queen, katie taylorEnded late on Saturday night Dublin.
After ten truly heroic rounds, Taylor lowered her head when Chantelle Cameroon arrived. raised his hand in front of nearly 10,000 people at 3Arena.
In the night and in the fight, Cameron got a little bigger, stronger and busier and walked out of the ring with four world championship belts. And a face full of bruises.
It was one of the best victories for a British boxer to defend an overseas world title. Champion Cameron was the weaker side all week, personally chosen by Taylor to lose.
Taylor had dared to daydream, challenged a woman who had gained weight, undefeated, and simply fell short on the night she should have crowned her victory. One judge scored a draw, the other two scored the same 96-94; They believe Cameron won six of the ten rounds. by the way i agree.
On a night of intense emotion, Taylor treasured every second of the ring walk, prowling the stage behind the arena, and luring her loyal herd into a howling frenzy.
In the ring, Cameron jumped on his toes during the anticipated delay, laughing and joking with his trainers Jamie Moore and Nigel Travis. They had been solidly united all week here in Dublin, apparently free of media attention and absolutely unaffected by the crowd. At ringside, Conor McGregor led the approving chorus, as Taylor finally crossed the line. It was an incredible uproar, an unforgettable scene of devotion and respect for Taylor.
Then boxing started and Cameron moved his feet to knock Taylor down and let go of her hands. During the opening laps, Taylor was repeatedly trapped in the ropes and caught with body kicks. I think Taylor finished the first five rounds trapped in a corner at the bell, her hair unbraided and her face covered as Cameron descended body and head. The crowd did their part, but they were a lot of boxing wise and knew what was going on. Cameron was on fire.
Taylor tried to create some distance by stepping back and freeing her own hands with trademark combinations; Cameron lightened forward, nudged, let go of the right, and then moved into the trunk. Cameron had a great plan and was slowly dominating a tough fight. After five laps, Taylor was heavily behind. “We’ve never come this far to be beaten by this girl,” Taylor’s trainer Ross Enamait told his fighter before the start of race six. There was a sense of shock in Taylor’s corner.
In previous hard fights, Taylor had the will and ability to get her feet on the canvas and fight from the strings to the center of the ring. It was Taylor’s 17th consecutive world title fight.
In the Dublin ring, Cameron was smart enough to adapt as Taylor began the inevitable comeback from the sixth round. It was hopeless stuff, a heroic stance, and Taylor’s army of homecoming added to the drama. McGregor was still tapping the canvas with his palms and shouting. Taylor was back in the fight, losing but still rocking. This is what the believers expected; Katie was back.
At no point did Cameron panic, his plans did not change drastically, and he remained true to his tactics. Cameron’s right cheek began to swell and Taylor began to read it. Cameron was still going down with the rights, then going body, but in the sixth and seventh rounds Taylor countered and led the crowd on song. It was a brutal fight, a brutal fight for Taylor to stay undefeated. Taylor was finally starting to put together her quick combos.
At the last bell, referee Sparkle Lee had to come between them. It was the only possible end to the fight. Cameron and Taylor knew that each played a special role; they were both undefeated before the first bell and in the end it was Cameron who pretended to be the winner.
But Katie Taylor’s homecoming, night out, coronation, and boxing have all been hurt by unfair decisions. The right decision was made, Taylor looked up and congratulated Cameron. It was expected and stylish.
“Let’s do it again,” Taylor said. There is a rematch clause for Taylor and he will inevitably resort to it. Taylor hates to lose; Cameron will not refuse.