Thursday 22 August 2019

'Persoon won the fight by miles..it was a disgraceful decision' - Carl Frampton blasts controversial Katie Taylor win

Katie Taylor - the undisputed world champion in her chosen sport - is clear evidence of that change and a true role model. Photo: Sportsfile
Katie Taylor - the undisputed world champion in her chosen sport - is clear evidence of that change and a true role model. Photo: Sportsfile
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Carl Frampton has branded Katie Taylor's controversial victory over Delfine Persoon as a "disgraceful decision".

Taylor unified the four belts in the women's lightweight division with a 95-95, 96-94, 96-94 victory over an extremely tough opponent in Persoon, with many experts claiming the Belgian was the winner.

Persoon was relentless in an enthralling 10-round bout that was widely acclaimed as one of the fights of the year.

But Frampton, a friend of Taylor's, was among several respected commentators to suggest the judges got it wrong. David Haye went further, suggesting Taylor secured the victory as a result of "political power".

"In my opinion, the judges have got it wrong," said Frampton.

"It is heartbreaking to see Delfine Persoon in tears. I thought she won that fight by miles and that was a disgraceful decision."

David Haye added: "That is not the sight you want to see where someone has given everything in the gym but they do not get the decision because of the political power. Delfine Persoon is going to be heartbroken by that."

Fight promoter Eddie Hearn also disagreed with the scoring, stating that he had scored the fight level. He added that Taylor would be willing to fight Persoon again, telling reporters: "She (Taylor) said to me 'If there's any doubt that I didn't win the fight we've got to do it again.' She asked me, I told her that I had it a draw, and she turned around and said that we've got to do it again."

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