Katie Taylor vs. Chantelle Cameron: Irish boxer receives hero’s welcome at frenzied Dublin weigh-in
For their uncontested light welterweight match on Saturday in Dublin, Katie Taylor and Chantelle Cameron both made weight.
Both fighters weighed 9st 13lbs, and Taylor received a hero’s welcome from the Irishwoman’s passionate fans who were watching her compete on home turf for the first time as a professional.
During the match, the Taylor-supporting audience shouted his name as Cameron cut a casual figure.
“I’m eager to get my hands on those belts. I’m really honored to represent this wonderful country, Taylor exclaimed.
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I’m not being treated like a champion, says Cameron.
No one, in my opinion, has a greater heart than I do, says Taylor.
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Taylor, 36, is challenging fellow unbeaten champion Cameron by going up in weight from lightweight.
The defending champion remarked, “Cool heads in a hot kitchen, just down to business on Saturday night.”
Taylor was introduced to the crowd second instead of first, as is customary for the defending champion in boxing, breaking with tradition.
A large throng gathered inside the Mansion House to cheer Taylor on as he performed the Irish folk ballad Drunken Sailor with the help of two violinists dressed in sequined green outfits.
However, Taylor came in second at the scales, with Cameron appearing unfazed as she prepared for her greatest career bout.
Taylor, who is the current undisputed lightweight champion, is a former world champion at light-welterweight but is not as experienced as Cameron at the weight.
Even though the pair shared 10 world championships, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn could only keep six of them on display during the contest.
Chantelle Cameron, who has won all 17 of her professional matches, weighs in before a bout
Despite having a perfect record of 17 victories and making her own history, 32-year-old Cameron is the underdog.
The Northampton fighter is the first male or female undisputed champion from England and the first female undisputed champion from Britain.
In preparation for her world title defense against Cecilia Braekhus of Norway, Terri Harper of Great Britain made weight.
Against one of boxing’s pioneers, Braekhus, who has 37 victories from 39 contests in an illustrious career that includes an undisputed welterweight championship, Harper defends her WBA light-middleweight belt.
Katie Taylor waves to the fans during a weigh-in Taylor is aiming to become the unchallenged champion in two weight classes.
All of the Irish boxers on the card received a standing ovation, including Gary Cully, who shared the co-main event slot with his idol Taylor.
But the undercard’s toughest fight was between heavyweights Thomas Carty and Jay McFarlane.
Dubliner Carty received a warm welcome and watched amusedly as Scottish competitor McFarlane tore off his T-shirt before stepping onto the scales and weighing in while wearing a kilt.
After a heated exchange that saw Carty push McFarlane, security was then required to separate the adversaries.
When the Scot snatched the Irish flag, Carty reacted angrily, but the small brawl was swiftly broken up.