Early Line Movement For Cameron in this Rematch
It may be the biggest rematch in women’s boxing. This is no hyperbole, as Chantelle Cameron and Katie Taylor run it back in Dublin following the former’s narrow victory. It was a slight upset on the Cameron vs Taylor boxing odds. With that fight under their belts, folks are squarely on Cameron’s side as she opened at -175 and is now down to -190. Can Cameron beat the living legend more emphatically this time?
Chantelle Cameron vs Katie Taylor
Fighters: Chantelle Cameron (C) (18-0-0, 8 KOs) vs Katie Taylor (C) (22-1-0, 6 KOs)
Title: Undisputed Super Lightweight Championship (140 lbs.)
Location: 3Arena, Dublin, Ireland
Cameron Ready To Prove the First Fight was no Fluke
Rematches tend to be different than the first fight. Anthony Joshua soundly defeated Andy Ruiz after getting knocked out in the first fight. But bouts that tend to be close could still produce another competitive rematch. This could be another close victory for either winner, and Cameron is the likelier, as the Cameron vs Taylor boxing odds indicate.
Cameron not only handed Taylor her first defeat the last time. But she outperformed her. While Taylor was more accurate – she landed 39% of her punches and 24% of her power punches – Cameron was the busier boxer. The Briton outlanded her Irish counterpart: 141 punches to 111 and 114 to 90 in power punches.
Most boxing betting predictions were proven wrong as Cameron edged Taylor. The favorite, Taylor, opened at -180 and was bet down to as low as -300. Hindsight is 20/20, but Cameron proved to be more than a match for Taylor.
“I’m the champion, and I need to start getting more respect,” Cameron told The Independent. And she has as the line has flipped in favor of her. Some are still betting on Taylor, however.
“I have watched the fight, made some adjustments,” said Taylor. “I’m not concerned with what Cameron is doing; I’m only concerned with what I can do.”
Literally, these may not sound like the most biting of quotes. But both Cameron and Taylor enter this upcoming boxing fight with chips on their shoulders. Cameron wants to cement her victory over Taylor. And Taylor intends to avenge her only loss.
Who Makes the Better Adjustments in This “Trilogy”?
Regarding rematches, Taylor has more experience than her younger opponent. The undisputed lightweight champion is 2-1 in rematches. She fought and defeated Natasha Jonas and Delfine Persoon twice each. Her loss to Cameron is actually the second time they’ve fought: Taylor first beat Cameron in 2011 during the European Union Women’s Championships.
This rematch is a trilogy bout if we count the amateur fight. That was ages ago, as Cameron just turned 20 and was three years into her boxing career. Taylor was already a three-time gold medalist in the EU Championships.
But while Taylor has the experience, Cameron is now an undisputed champion just like her. The hometown favorite must find a way to outwork Cameron, which is easier said than done.
Cameron is the larger boxer at 5’8” with a 69-inch reach. Taylor is 5’5” with a 66-inch reach. Typically, this is a moot comparison, as Taylor has been able to outwork her opponents. But Cameron is not only bigger but hits harder and is more active. Even if the crowd cheers for Taylor, the Cameron vs Taylor boxing odds favor the former for a reason.
Still, the total is heavily juiced to go over 8.5 rounds (-1200) and the fight to go to a decision (-700). This will come down to the scorecards again. And Cameron has won their favor in her last two bouts, which were close.
As far as the boxing schedule goes, this is another classic in the making.