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Katie Taylor sets sights on Chantelle Cameron rematch and not retirement

Katie Taylor shows her disappointment after losing her undisputed Super-Lightweight world title bout against Chantelle Cameron at the 3Arena in Dublin.
Katie Taylor shows her disappointment after losing her undisputed Super-Lightweight world title bout against Chantelle Cameron at the 3Arena in Dublin. Katie Taylor shows her disappointment after losing her undisputed Super-Lightweight world title bout against Chantelle Cameron at the 3Arena in Dublin.

Katie Taylor laughed off talk of retirement after her first professional defeat this month and is targeting a November rematch against Chantelle Cameron.

Taylor’s bid to become undisputed world champion in two weight categories simultaneously fell flat as the previously unbeaten lightweight was outpointed on her Ireland homecoming by Cameron in Dublin.

Cameron, who retained her four light-welterweight world titles with the majority decision win, has intimated she wants to step down to 135lbs to challenge for Taylor’s belts in any return bout.

And the 36-year-old Taylor insisted her only priority is another showdown with Cameron, telling RTE: “I don’t even know what retirement means. I definitely don’t feel like it’s time for me to retire.

“It will happen one day in the future, but now my sights are set on securing a rematch with Chantelle. That’s the only fight that matters to me now. I think we’re looking at a November date.

“I haven’t looked back on the fight yet. I think the right person won. I have to take the loss and move on from it. I’m just excited to get back to America to start training again for the rematch.

“I will learn from this. I definitely didn’t feel myself in there. I did feel very, very tired straight away. I’ll just have to go back to the drawing board.

“I’m definitely not going to end my career like that.”