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Is Katie Taylor the GOAT? Raven Chapman ranks Irish ‘trailblazer’ among pantheon of women’s boxing

Katie Taylor made history last weekend when defeating Chantelle Cameron in Dublin to not only avenge her sole pro defeat but also become the undisputed super-lightweight champion.

The Irish boxing superstar outpointed Cameron in front of a sold-out crowd to become just the third fighter in the modern era to be crowned two-weight undisputed champion – after Terence Crawford and Claressa Shields.

Taylor, who is also an Olympic gold medallist, has been one of the leading figures behind the explosion of women’s boxing in recent years.

As well as selling out back-to-back shows in Dublin, Taylor also become the first woman to main event Madison Square Garden alongside Amanda Serrano – another candidate for the GOAT moniker.

Raven Chapman, who is looking to forge her own path to the top of women’s boxing, believes Taylor, Serrano and Claressa Shields all lay claim to being the best in the business.

The Queensberry boxer told Planet Sport: “I think all those three names [Taylor, Serrano, Shields] have played their part.

“They were all there at the beginning. Serano has been around for much longer in terms of the pro game. She’s done some amazing things.

“Then you’ve obviously got Katie and Claressa who came through and started that trailblazing changing of the sport.

“I think the reason why Katie is over the others is the way she holds herself. She’s always very respectful and very private, you can tell she just lives for boxing and being in the ring, putting on good performances.”

Taylor is 37-years-old but there is no talk of retirement just yet. The Irish boxer still has her sights set on fighting at Croke Park which hold over 80,000 spectators in Dublin.

A third fight with Cameron is likely to fill that bill, though a rematch against Serrano is also on the cards.

Looking back at Taylor’s victory against Cameron, Chapman added: “Beforehand I didn’t see anything other than a Chantelle win to be fair, Katie made the adjustments that she needed to make to win it.

“It was a really good fight, quick hands, holding when she had to. Just made it difficult for Chantelle to really work properly. I did enjoy it, great fight for boxing, not just women’s boxing.”

When asked if she agreed with the scorecards, Chapman said: “Even with the knockdown, I still think that was a Katie win. Some rounds were tight, depends on how you score, but I think for me, Katie had it two rounds up for sure.”

Chapman returns to action on Friday night when she takes on Lucie Sedlackova at York Hall. Fans can watch the fight live on TNT Sports in the UK.

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