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Katie Taylor rival Delfine Persoon set to return to the ring in low-profile Belgian bout

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Delfine Persoon before her bout with Katie Taylor. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Delfine Persoon before her bout with Katie Taylor. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Delfine Persoon before her bout with Katie Taylor. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

KATIE Taylor’s last opponent, Belgian police inspector Delfine Persoon, returns to the ring next month for the first time since her controversial loss to the Bray fighter in their world title showdown in Madison Square Garden in June.

Persoon drops down to the super featherweight division for the planned contest against Nigerian-born Helen Joseph, who is based in the United States. She has a decent record with ten of her 17 wins achieved via knock-out. She has lost twice while two of her other fights were scored as draws.

Delfine surrendered her WBC lightweight world belt to Taylor after a terrific contest, which could have gone either way. In the event, two of the judges gave the decision to the 2012 Olympic champion, while the third scored it a draw.

Persoon, who left the ring in tears, immediately demanded a rematch which the Taylor camp have said they will grant, but only when the time is opportune. So Persoon will return to the ring in Oostende in Belgium on Monday, November 11 for a low-profile contest against Joseph.

A week earlier at the Manchester Arena, Taylor, now the undisputed five-belt world lightweight champion, will make more history when she becomes the first female boxer to headline a show in a major British arena.

She is moving up a weight to super lightweight, where he challenges Christina Linardatou for the WBO world belt. Taylor is currently training in Connecticut for the contest.

Regardless of the outcome, her next fight is likely to be a long-awaited showdown against seven-weight world champion Amanda Serrano ,when the Irish fighter’s five world belts in the lightweight division will be up for grabs.

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