Saturday 17 August 2019

Taylor gets unification shot against Persoon on Joshua bill

Katie Taylor. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Harry Clarke

Katie Taylor will attempt to unify the lightweight division in women's boxing when she takes on Belgium's Delfine Persoon on June 1 in Madison Square Garden.

The highly-anticipated fight against Persoon has been confirmed to proceed on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's bout with Jarred Miller at the iconic New York venue.

Following her victory over Rose Volante on St Patrick's weekend to add the WBO title to her IBF and WBA belts, Persoon is all that stands between the Bray pugilist and the WBC title at 135lbs.

Speaking after her win over Volante last month, Taylor set her sights on Persoon. "That's the fight that I want next," Taylor said. "It's always been my goal to become the undisputed champion, I've got three belts now and one to go.

"She's going to be my toughest opponent to date. She's been a reigning champion for years now, she's been in the pound-for-pound rankings for years as well, so she's a fantastic champion.

"That fight has been talked about for over a year now so that's going to be an absolute super fight," Taylor added.

"She's a great champion, she's very, very fit. It's definitely going to be the toughest fight of my career and I am taking it that seriously.

"I have to be 100pc going into it - she is a great champion. She's had over 40 fights and only one loss.

"She's a great fighter all round so that's going to be a fantastic fight and I can't wait for it."

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