Eddie Hearn couldn’t help but reflect on how far Irish sensation Katie Taylor had come in the wake of her gutsy win last Saturday night.

Before a rapturous, partisan crowd at 3Arena in Dublin, Taylor overcame Chantelle Cameron in a fiery, 10-round rematch to become undisputed champion of the 140-pound division, avenging her loss to Cameron earlier in the year.

The win now makes Taylor, who still holds all four belts in the lightweight division, undisputed champion simultaneously in two weight classes.

One judge had it a draw, 95-95, but he was overruled by two others who had it 98-92 and 96-94.

The heavily hyped rematch was considered to be a pivotal moment for Taylor; a second consecutive loss to Cameron would have prompted calls for the 37 year old to retire.

Now there are calls for a trilogy bout with Cameron to take place next year at Ireland’s legendary Croke Park.

Hearn, whose company, Matchroom, has promoted Taylor for her entire career, had trouble fathoming how far Taylor had come since the afternoon they met for an unassuming fish lunch.  

“When we went to Wembley Arena for the debut (of Taylor), they were laughing at us,” Hearn told reporters in the post-fight press conference. “Even my dad [Matchroom founder Barry Hearn] was sort of saying to me, ‘What is going on here?’ All the old school [were saying], ‘Women’s boxing, now what is going on here? Women don’t box.’

“And from that first performance, everything changed. It built and it built and it built. We have done a great job, but we couldn’t have done it without Katie’s performances because that was the difference. Everytime she fought on every big stage everybody went wow. No one could have imagined how the story would have played out.

“We’ve been everywhere,” Hearn continued. “She’s boxed at Millennium Stadium, Wembley Stadium, Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Manchester, London, Ireland especially. I’m just so pleased that we got this chapter. Even if tonight was the final part of the story, I would be delighted that we got the opportunity to fight twice in Ireland. As it happens there are a few more chapters to go, yeah.”

Sean Nam is the author of Murder on Federal Street: Tyrone Everett, the Black Mafia, and the Last Golden Age of Philadelphia Boxing.