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Taylor admits scorecard was 'a bit disrespectful' to Persoon


Katie Taylor celebrates her victory over Delfine Persoon. Photo: Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Katie Taylor celebrates her victory over Delfine Persoon. Photo: Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Katie Taylor celebrates her victory over Delfine Persoon. Photo: Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Katie Taylor acknowledged that judge Victor Loughlin's score of 98-93 in her favour did not reflect how close the contest was with Delfine Persoon, as a fresh challenge was launched to her supremacy.

"It was a bit wide and a bit disrespectful to Persoon," said Taylor, who felt the two 96-94 scorecards were a truer reflection of another enthralling showdown between the two top-rated pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

The 96-94 score means the judges gave Taylor the nod in six of the 10 rounds. Loughlin's score meant Persoon won just two rounds on his card. And a relieved Taylor admitted that it was a battle to stay disciplined during the 20-minute contest.

"I was trying to be more disciplined, and for the most part I was. But it's hard to box against someone like that because of how relentless she is. You have to get her respect by standing and fighting, which I did in some parts.

"Overall, it was a great performance and a great victory. It was always going to be that sort of fight. It's never going to be an easy fight against someone like that who just comes and comes.

"She was relentless for 10 rounds, and it's hard to keep someone like that at long distance. I knew I would have to dig deep and fight. The fight went as planned, and I thought I boxed a lot smarter this time. It was a better performance.

"We've had two fights, put in 20 gruelling rounds. It's great to have that rivalry in women's boxing."

Meanwhile, Taylor has been challenged to "complete unfinished business" by Jessie McCaskill, the new emerging star in women's professional boxing.

Taylor beat the Chicago-based merchant banker in the first defence of her WBA world title in London's York Hall in December 2017, but the American used the fight as a springboard to relaunch her then flagging career.

The unified world super-lightweight champion hit the jackpot last weekend with a sensational win over the long-time welterweight title holder Cecilia Braekhus.

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McCaskill now holds six world belts at two different weights, and the prospect of a showdown between her and Taylor with 10 world belts across three weight divisions being up for grabs is every promoter's dream.

But a deal to make a super-fight between Taylor and McCaskill is not straightforward, and there is no immediate prospect of the fight taking place.

Given the gruelling nature of the Persoon fight, Taylor will first take some deserved time out at home with her family in Bray.

Matchroom would also be reluctant to stage a mega-fight between Taylor and McCaskill behind closed doors given the potential loss of revenue.

Despite McCaskill calling out Taylor, she may have to face Braekhus in a rematch. While the 38-year-old Norwegian fighter hinted at retirement after her first career loss, she is likely to reconsider her decision.

Taylor could next fight Liverpool lightweight Natasha Jonas in a repeat of their memorable Olympic quarter-final clash in 2012.

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