Katie Taylor vs Chantelle Cameron Preview May 20th, 2023
Unbeaten Katie Taylor of Ireland, who currently holds the WBC, WBA, IBF, and WBO World Female Lightweight Titles, will be stepping up in weight again to take on Undisputed Super Lightweight Champion Chantelle Cameron of England this Saturday, May 20th. The fight can be seen live from Dublin on DAZN in most nations. Taylor last fought in October when she beat Karen Elizabeth Carbajal by 10-round unanimous decision. Cameron last boxed in November when she downed Jessica McCaskill via a 10-round unanimous decision.
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Taylor vs Cameron Betting Odds
- Chantelle Cameron +155
- Katie Taylor -185
The 36-year-old Taylor enters the ring with a perfect record of 22-0 with 6 Ko’s and has boxed 184 rounds since making her pro debut in 2016 following a wonderful amateur career. She won a gold medal at the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 AIBA World Boxing Championships and also captured a gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England. She returned to the Olympics in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro and lost in her first bout after receiving a bye in the first round of action.
Taylor is quite a celebrity in her homeland as she was honoured with the International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Female Boxer of the Year Award in 2010, the People of the Year Awards – Sportsperson of the Year and the RTÉ Sports Person of the Year in 2012 as well as the Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year for 2014. Taylor has exceptional boxing skills but not much in the way of power as her current knockout ratio stands at just 27.3 per cent.
Her last stoppage came in 2019 and she’s gone the distance in her last nine outings. Taylor stands 5-feet-5-inches tall with a 66-inch reach and won her first professional world title in 2017. She’s beaten some of the top female boxers over the years with wins over Amanda Serrano, Anahi Esther Sanchez, Jessica McCaskill, Jennifer Han, Victoria Noelia Bustos, Cindy Serrano, Natasha Jonas, Eva Wahlstrom, Rose Volante, Delfine Persoon, and Christina Linardatou. Taylor has weighed between 132.5 lbs and 139.5 lbs as a pro and has also captured the WBO World Female Super Lightweight Title along the way when she beat Christine Linardatou by unanimous decision in 2019.
Cameron is 32 years old and has boxed a total of 115 rounds since making her pro debut in 2017. As an amateur, she captured a silver medal as a light-welterweight at the 2010 EU Championships and a bronze as a lightweight at the 2011 EU Championships, where she lost to Taylor in the semi-finals. She now carries around a perfect mark of 17-0 with 8 Ko’s with a current knockout ratio of 47.1 per cent. However, she’s gone the distance in her last three bouts and in six of the past seven.
Cameron won the vacant IBO Inter-Continental Title in 2017 when she stopped Edith Ramos in the third round and took the vacant IBO Lightweight Crown in her next fight by halting Viviane Obenauf in the sixth round. The vacant WBC Silver Lightweight Title was added when she beat Jessica Gonzalez by unanimous decision in 2018. Cameron won the vacant WBC Super Lightweight Belt in 2020 when she beat an overweight Adriana dos Santos Araujo by unanimous decision.
She wasn’t finished there though as Cameron took the IBF Super Lightweight title from Mary McGee by unanimous decision in 2021 and added the vacant WBA, WBO and IBO versions by beating Jessica McCaskill by unanimous decision the last time out in November. Cameron measures 5-feet-8-inches tall with a 69-inch reach, which gives her a three-inch edge over Taylor in both height and reach. She started kickboxing as a 10-year-old then switched to Muay Thai six years later and began boxing at 18.
Cameron is younger, bigger and has more power than Taylor but hasn’t faced the same quality of opposition as a pro. She was also beaten by Taylor at the 2011 European Championships. Perhaps surprisingly, this will be Taylor’s first pro bout in her homeland. She was supposed to meet Amanda Serrano in a rematch but Serrano had to pull out due to injury, so Cameron stepped in. This should be a good fight still as Cameron has a legitimate chance, but I’m expecting Taylor to take her titles in fron of a fanatical home crowd.
Taylor’s experience will be the difference.
Play: Taylor -185 @ BetOnline.ag
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