Chantelle Cameron’s Trainer Blasts Referee For Allowing Taylor’s Holding Tactics
The fight had a lot on the line, given that Cameron was defending her undisputed junior welterweight title. The Brit had won the first meeting between the two. This left serious question marks over Taylor’s career if she were to suffer a second loss. However, Taylor would end up winning by a majority decision that was controversial indeed.
A first-round knockdown from Cameron was ruled a slip, even though the replay suggested otherwise. That meant that the scorecards had given Taylor the win, when in reality, it could have been a different result if the knockdown had been given due to the momentum. Not only that, but the excessive holding from Taylor did not sit well with Moore.
“We were denied a knockdown in the first round, which should have been. 100% legitimate knockdown. I begged the referee in the changing room before the fight, please last time, she got away with holding a lot. My fighter’s best work is up close. Please don’t let her hold the way she did last time this time. And he allowed her to go on worse this time than it was last time.
“So I’m gutted for her because she was so frustrated by the fourth and fifth rounds because she was holding that much. From watching what I watched, if Chantelle was allowed to do the work that she can do on the inside, it would have been a different result. From what I watched it was a close fight,” Moore said
Nevertheless, the controversy has set up the narrative for a trilogy fight. Following the win, Eddie Hearn made it clear that Croke Parke was being considered for a third fight. In addition, a rematch with Amanda Serrano could occur since the two were meant to face each other before Taylor faced Cameron.
However, Serrano pulled out due to an injury. Regardless of what Taylor does next, the time is limited. Her undisputed status at 135 and 140 has resulted in the WBO ordering the fighter to vacate her belt in one of the weight classes, as she must decide which belt to defend. And after having only just become the new champion, Taylor has ten days from the order to decide.
Taylor’s Next Move
“If Katie Taylor wins the bout against Cameron, she has up to 10 days thereafter to determine which weight division she will retain. Failure to comply with such conditions will result in the Committee proceeding per WBO Regulations of World Championship Contests.
“Consequently, in light of the foregoing, Katie Taylor must decide within the timeframe provided in the referenced provision which weight division she will retain, either the Lightweight or Jr. Welterweight division,” WBO stated
Therefore, if Taylor does have a third fight with Cameron, her belt at 135 will likely be stripped. But either way, Taylor has some serious thinking to do moving forward for her career. ‘Find all the latest boxing news and MMA breaking updates on boxingnews.com’