Eddie Hearn has confirmed Katie Taylor and Chantelle Cameron will fight once again before the year is out.
Taylor, fighting in Ireland for the first time as a professional, lost her unbeaten record as Cameron retained her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine super-lightweight titles on Saturday night.
The fight took place at the 3 Arena in Dublin and was screened exclusively live on DAZN.
But Hearn revealed, after hearing scorecards of 95-95 and 96-94 twice read out at the end of proceedings, that the return was already in the works, with undisputed lightweight queen Taylor having a rematch clause in the deal.
“I want to congratulate Katie and Chantelle for showing us what boxing is all about,” he said when speaking to DAZN in the aftermath. “It was a fight that could have gone either way but I think the result was right.”
Taylor, who holds all the marbles at 135 pounds, stepped up in weight to take on ‘Il Capo’ after the proposed rematch against Amanda Serrano fell through due to the Puerto Rican-born Brooklynite suffering an injury.
But the 36-year-old had plenty to say after losing for the first time during her ever-glittering campaign without the vest and headguard.
“I was expecting a grueling fight and that's what it was,” Taylor said. “I obviously came up short. I always love a challenge and I'm looking forward to the rematch.
“This isn't how I wanted the homecoming to go but I'm grateful that this event could sell out in a couple of minutes.”
And though the rematch is the only thing on ‘KT’s’ mind, Hearn disappointed the champion Cameron by stating that it will likely be in the Irish capital again.
“There is a rematch clause and we want to do it again in the autumn. There's only one thing on Katie's mind and that is a rematch in Dublin.”