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Katie Taylor: Delfine Persoon Will Be Toughest Fight of My Career

 Katie Taylor says her undisputed Lightweight World title clash with Delfine Persoon at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday June 1, shown live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK, will be the “toughest fight” of her career.
 
Taylor added the WBO title to her IBF and WBA crowns in March, halting Brazil’s Rose Volante in the ninth round in Philadelphia, and now the Irish sensation has the opportunity to fulfil her goal of becoming undisputed ruler when she meets long-reigning WBC champion Persoon in a landmark moment for women’s boxing.
 
Persoon has held the WBC strap since 2014, making nine defences during that time, and will look to cement herself as the number one female 135lbs fighter on the planet when she fights in America for the first time next week. Taylor has prepared for ten hard rounds with her Belgian opponent who holds an impressive career record of 43 wins and just one loss.

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“It's great to have the opportunity to have the chance to become the undisputed champion,” said Taylor. “Every day in camp has been 100% focused on the task at hand so I won't sit back and think about it until I've actually achieved it as that's what I am like.
 
“The chance to fight for the four World titles and the Ring Magazine belt at the Mecca of boxing, MSG, I don't think you could write a better script, it's an absolute dream. Persoon is recognised as one of the best in the world pound-for-pound and has been the WBC champ now for over five years so it's the best against the best. This is huge for women’s boxing.
 
“This fight is going to be the toughest of my career so far, Delfine is a fantastic champion, she's got 43 wins and just one loss, she's been a long-reigning champion and she's a fantastic person. I know that this is going to be tough and that's why I've trained so hard and had a tough camp as I know that this is so big for me, not just for the immediate success but for my future plans.
 
“I think it's going to be a really hard fight. I've watched clips of her and she's very tall and awkward, she punches non-stop for the ten rounds and I think it's going to be a very physical fight. It's a huge challenge but the one that I've wanted. She'll bring the best out of me as I have the utmost respect for her and we're going to lay it all on the line and may the best girl win. The famous green belt and the Ring Magazine belts being on the line is just amazing.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Phill lynott on 05-24-2019

There are few fight dates I circle and anticipate for months. One is Katie Taylor fights. I like boxing and she is a damn good boxer. Another exciting female boxer fights Sat in Mexico, Marcela Acuna. Looking forward to that…

Comment by spazdarn on 05-23-2019

[QUOTE=The D3vil;19767886]This. I don't see why so many men feel threatened by women's boxing that they have to constantly disrespect the time & energy they put into it.[/QUOTE] It is still a bit **** to be honest but at least…

Comment by The D3vil on 05-23-2019

[QUOTE=Tecnoworld;19767662]At least in female boxing they do undisputed fights and do not protect fighters' records.[/QUOTE] This. I don't see why so many men feel threatened by women's boxing that they have to constantly disrespect the time & energy they put…

Comment by Tecnoworld on 05-23-2019

At least in female boxing they do undisputed fights and do not protect fighters' records.

Comment by smeck on 05-23-2019

When it comes to spelling an opponent's name, this woman may be the toughest challenge for Katie Taylor. That's about it.

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