Monday 19 August 2019

'The biggest night of my career' - Katie Taylor excited by Saturday's unification fight with Delfine Persoon

Katie Taylor at the Mondrian Park Avenue, New York on Monday ahead of Saturday's lightweight unification fight with Delfine Persoon. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Katie Taylor at the Mondrian Park Avenue, New York on Monday ahead of Saturday's lightweight unification fight with Delfine Persoon. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Harry Clarke

Katie Taylor has described Saturday's lightweight unification fight with Belgian Delfine Persoon at New York's Madison Square Garden as "the biggest night of my career."

The Bray native insists her fight against the undisputed lightweight champion Persoon will be the toughest fight of a stellar professional career, which has yielded a 100 per cent record, 13 wins from 13 fights.

"This is a fight that I've always wanted. To be fighting for the undisputed title in Madison Square Garden is absolutely phenomenal really," she told Sky Sports.

"This journey has been incredible over the last few years. I just want to perform well on June 1.

"To get this first so soon absolutely amazed me. I have such a great team around me, my manager Brian (Peters), and (promoter) Eddie (Hearn). To have this fight now is absolutely perfect for me.

"Delfine Persoon has been a fantastic champion, a long-reigning champion. I think she's had 44 fights, 43 wins and one loss.

"I'm expecting my toughest fight."

Taylor has described beating the 34-year-old Persoon would be the "pinnacle" of her career.

"To become the undisputed champions is the pinnacle of boxing. The biggest night of my career so far," the 32-year-old said.

"The Olympics in 2012 was absolutely outstanding, but I think this night would even pass that one out as well. So this is definitely the biggest night of my career. I can't wait for it.

"I can't wait to write my name in the history books. This is the fight that I've wanted since I turned pro, to become the undisputed champion. I wanted to make history.

"I feel that this is only the start of big things for me. She is an outstanding champions and it is definitely going to be the biggest fight of my career."

Taylor has also praised her many Irish fans, and the effects her career has had on Irish women's boxing.

"The reaction has always been brilliant at home since I turned pro. I am out here training in Connecticut all year round. I get to go home in between fights, but anytime I am home, the reaction is brilliant. I hope to make them proud on Saturday night," she said.

"When I started boxing as a ten-yer-old there was no women's boxing in the country, but if you see every singly boxing club in the country is packed with female boxers now which is probably the most satisfying thing about it.

"That definitely make me very, very proud."

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