Katie Taylor will bid to become the undisputed world champion in the second weight class on her Irish homecoming as she takes on Chantelle Cameron on May 20.
Taylor (22-0, 6KOs) was initially scheduled to defend the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight titles on the same date in a rematch against Amanda Serrano, but the Puerto Rican was ruled out due to injury.
Instead, in her first professional fight on home soil, Taylor is set to jump up to super lightweight and challenge Cameron (17-0, 8KOs) for four Northampton fighter world titles at 3Arena.
“Once Serrano pulled away it was the natural fight,” said the Bray fighter.
“It’s two undefeated world champions and undisputed reigning champions facing off against each other and I think this is the first time this has happened in the modern era of the sport.
“People have been talking about this fight for a long time now, so I’m glad it happened and I’m looking forward to becoming the undisputed two-welterweight champion in Dublin on May 20.”
She defeated Taylor Serrano in April of last year via a narrow split decision, as the first women’s fight at New York’s famous Madison Square Garden title fully lived up to the hype.
There was hope that the rematch could be played at Croke Park, but security costs led to a change of venue and Serrano’s injury led to Cameron interfering in the breach.
Cameron, who will maintain her height and reach the advantages over Taylor, became the undisputed champion in the 140lbs with a unanimous decision victory over Jessica McCaskill last November in her last contest.
“It feels surreal that the fight is actually happening,” said Cameron, who at 31 is five years younger than her next opponent.
“I feel like my entire career has been built around this fight and I never imagined it would actually happen for one reason or another.
“I know what I’m up against and that I’m the underdog but I’m enjoying it. Successfully defending my belts against Taylor would be an addition to the cake for me.
“To be unchallenged and then defend against the best pounds in women’s boxing would really mark my place in women’s boxing and create my own legacy.”
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