Wednesday 23 October 2019

'That's the fight that I want next' - Katie Taylor targets 'toughest opponent' Delfine Persoon

A delighted Katie Taylor after her wonderful victory over Rose Volante
A delighted Katie Taylor after her wonderful victory over Rose Volante
Katie Taylor. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Seán McGoldrick

Katie Taylor wants to be remembered as a history-maker in women's boxing.

The three-belt world champion told Sky Sports News that she wants to be involved in more mega-fights. "And I want to make history in this sport."

She reiterated her weekend comments that her planned showdown against Belgian Delfine Persoon for the undisputed lightweight championship of the world would be her toughest fight yet.

The fight has been provisionally scheduled for the undercard of Anthony Joshua's US debut in Madison Square Garden on June 1.

"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.

“I just feel that I am doing what I was born to do. I love to fight, I love to box and I’m living my dream.”

Taylor admitted that while she would love to have a mega fight in Dublin the issue is outside her control.

“I leave those things in Eddie Hearn’s (her promoter) hands really. But for the time being, my focus seems to be in America and in the UK,” she declared.

“The support I get from both sides of the world has been absolutely phenomenal.”

The reality is that Taylor will never fight in Dublin for a variety of reasons.

These include security issues surrounding high-profile professional shows in this country, exorbitant public liability insurance costs due to these security worries, and the fact that the bulk of the money she earns from boxing now comes from US-based streaming company DAZN who want her to continue to fight in America.

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