Sell-out crowd expected as Taylor fights for redemption in Dublin’s Dockalds

by Jonny Stapleton
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Dublin was key to ensuring Katie Taylor and a somewhat disgruntled Chantelle Cameron got the rematch pay day they deserved says Eddie Hearn.

The undisputed world champions renew acquaintances in an eagerly anticipated all the light welterweight marbles clash in the 3Arena on November 25.   

Champion Cameron, who handed Irish Icon, Taylor her first professional defeat on May 20, was open about her Dublin discontent, arguing she had earned the right to at least rematch on neutral ground.

However, speaking in Dublin on Tuesday, Hearn pointed out the size of the Northampton boxer’s substantial purse owes a lot to the fact the fight plays out in the Irish capital.  

“I feel like Chantelle has a right after that first win to say, ‘Why should I go back to Dublin?’

“Really, I think she was right to question that. But at the end of the day we’ve got to make the numbers work.

“You are talking about the biggest gate ever at the 3Arena last time. We are going to sell out again.”

Hearn, who heralded Dublin fight week as his favourite ever and said fight night atmosphere was among the best he experienced, believes Cameron is favourite going into the rematch and claimed she has earned A side billing.

However, the Essex fight maker points out Olympic gold medal winner and boxing trailblazer, Taylor remains the draw.  

“That shows you the draw power of Katie Taylor, particularly here.

“No one in else in women’s boxing can do that, so we are coming back here.”

Speaking at the press conference to publicise the rematch a defiant Taylor revealed she was relishing the chance to bounce back.

The Bray boxer, 37 goes into the fight as the underdog but warns she will do all she can to upset the odds and delight the Irish fans.

“Every single fight is a must win. I’m very aware this fight is a must win fight,” Taylor said.

“I’m very grateful to have a chance to rectify things and get things right. At the end of the day resurrection is built in my mindset and is in my DNA.

“I’ve been here before, not as a pro, I know how to come back strong. Loses are always very tough to take.

“I’m a competitor, I love to win and I always train to win, so the loss is never easy. I was just so grateful to have the chance to have a rematch.

“Not everyone has this opportunity, I’m in a great position here and I’m very grateful to have a second chance to make things right.”

Caption: Chantelle Cameron, left, and Katie Taylor face off alongside promoter Eddie Hearn during their official pre-fight press conference, at The Westin Hotel in Dublin, ahead of their highly anticipated rematch on November 25.
Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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