Katie Taylor suffered the first loss of her pro career in May when Chantelle Cameron beat “The Bray Bomber” to retain her status as undisputed super lightweight champion. Far from her dominant self, many have suggested that this was the beginning of the event for the Irish fighter.
The 37-year-old Taylor has laughed off retirement talks, even though she’s been involved in boxing for over 26 years. She marches on and will face Cameron in a rematch, again at the 3Arena in Dublin, on November 25.
Taylor (the undisputed lightweight champion) wants to join Claressa Shields and Terence Crawford by becoming undisputed in two weight divisions.
Following an incredible amateur career that included Olympic gold, Taylor turned professional in 2016. She has beaten the likes of Jessica McCaskill, Victoria Bustos, Eva Wahlstrom, Cindy Serrano, Natasha Jonas, Delfine Persoon, and Amanda Serrano. Jonas, Persoon, and Serrano all provided stern tests.
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Despite being the defending undisputed champion, Cameron was the B-side in the first bout and felt disrespected. Now the A-side, at least in terms of the rematch being marketed as Cameron vs. Taylor 2, the Northampton-born fighter still feels slighted due to this essentially being a second homecoming for her opponent.
Taylor recently called the rematch a “must-win” affair. In front of family and friends, she looks to redeem herself. Win or lose, what is Taylor thinking about regarding her fight future?
“I’m not thinking that this fight is going to be my last fight. I’m not thinking of any other outcome [other] than a win. I know I have plenty more fights in me, but obviously, I’ll retire at the right time,” Taylor said during a media call via RTE. “I guess you guys [the media] can make your opinion on that on November 25. I have no intention of hanging up the gloves right now.
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“It’s not a good time to be thinking of retirement a few weeks before the biggest fight of your career.”
If she continues to box, a rematch against Amanda Serrano is certainly a possibility. But that’s for the future. On November 25, Taylor will face the toughest challenge of her career to date.