Matchroom's Fight Camp, Brentwood - For the WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO lightweight titles, Irish star Katie Taylor (16-0, 6 KOs) won a hard-fought ten round unanimous decision over Delfine Persoon (44-3, 18 KOs).
The scores were 98-93, 96-94, 96-94.
In the first contest, which took place in June 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Taylor won a controversial ten round majority decision.
The rematch began like the first encounter, Persoon came out roaring and throwing a lot of punches. Taylor was using movement and boxing. In the second, Taylor really put her punches together. A huge swelling began under the right eye of Persoon, possibly from a head clash.
Persoon did much better in the third when it came to connecting on Taylor. Another close round in the fourth, as both had moments. Persoon continued to drag Taylor into a brawl in the fifth and sixth.
Taylor was boxing very well and moving in the seventh, and brawled with Persoon in the final 30 seconds. In the ninth, Persoon once again dragged Taylor into a brawl, after the Irish star initially was boxing well. Taylor managed to get back to her boxing in the eight and cut Persoon around the left eye.
In the tenth and final round, Persoon came out firing hard. Taylor was landing the better punches, with Persoon throwing a lot more. They brawled in the closing moments of the fight.
“This time I respect the result. For me this time, the weight was a little too much. I didn’t feel like I had enough power to hurt her this time. I tried to get my weight up but I could not hurt her this time. And if you don’t hurt her, it’s technical and she’s good at moving around. You have to hurt her otherwise she gets away. The power was not enough. I’ve got no problem with this decision and my respect she deserves," Persoon said.
“In the second round, I think I broke my nose so it was eight rounds boxing with my nose broken. First I must repair my nose and then I think super featherweight is better for me than lightweight. My trainer pushes me to eat, eat, eat but when you train a lot, it’s too much to gain the weight. My respect to her. She deserved to win today."