The trainer of Chantelle Cameron was disappointed by the officiating that took place Saturday night for one of the biggest rematches in women’s boxing.
Jamie Moore, the coach of England’s Cameron, felt that referee Roberto Ramirez bungled a few of his responsibilities during the 10-round bout (two-minute rounds) between Cameron and Katie Taylor that occurred at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland.
The fight was a reprise of their meeting in May, when Cameron won a majority decision over Taylor to retain her four 140-pound titles.
Taylor, who was an underdog heading to Saturday night’s rematch, is now undisputed champion in two weight classes, having retained her four 135-pound belts.
Just as in the first fight, the rematch played out along closely contested lines, with one judge scoring it even, while two others had it 98-92 and 96-94 for the 37-year-old Taylor.
But Moore was not pleased that referee Ramirez failed to warn and properly adjudicate what he felt was excessive holding from Taylor. Indeed, Taylor repeatedly held Cameron, especially in the second half of the fight, thus preventing the bigger and stronger Cameron from operating on the inside.
Moore was also incensed that Ramirez determined that a jab that sent Taylor sailing to the canvas in the opening round was not ruled as a knockdown; Ramirez ruled it as a slip.
“She’s obviously devastated, you can imagine,” Moore said of Cameron in a postfight interview with BBC 5 Live Boxing. “She just feels like this whole scenario, everything was set up for her to lose. We were sort of determined to prove everyone wrong, similar to what we did last time. But she got away with holding last time. I’m not saying—first of all, I just wanna say, for what I was actually watching, it was a close fight, it could have gone either way.
“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.”
Sean Nam is the author of Murder on Federal Street: Tyrone Everett, the Black Mafia, and the Last Golden Age of Philadelphia Boxing.