Thursday 17 October 2019

Unification bout the carrot for Taylor


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

Seán McGoldrick

Katie Taylor will finally get a chance to realise her dream of securing all four world lightweight belts provided she beats Brazilian Rose Volante in Philadelphia next Friday night.

Her biggest rival, Belgian Delfine Persoon, successfully defended her WBC belt on Saturday night, setting up a potentially lucrative clash against Taylor for the undisputed lightweight championship of the world at Madison Square Garden on June 1.

Thirty-year-old Persoon made the ninth successful defence of her WBC belt when Haitian-American Melissa St Vil failed to answer the bell for the seventh round.

Of course, the showdown between Persoon and Taylor is dependent on the Bray pugilist maintaining her one hundred per cent pro record in Philadelphia. She puts her WBA and IBF belts on the line, but will secure Rose Volante's WBO pink belt and keep her two belts if she wins.

A Big Apple showdown between Taylor and Persoon would be one of the biggest fights in the history of women's professional boxing.

The winner will become only the fourth active boxer - either male or female - to hold all four major belts in their division.

Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk, Norway's Cecilia Braekhus are undisputed champions at the moment, while the winner of the women's middleweight showdown between Clarissa Shields and Christina Hammer in Atlantic City on April 13 will join them.

The Taylor-Delfine clash has been provisionally fixed as the chief support fight for the world heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller.

Meanwhile, David Oliver Joyce suffered defeat to Beslan Khamzaev on a 4-1 split verdict at the European U-22 Championships in Russia.

Mary Geraghty and Pierce O'Leary dropped unanimous decisions to Scotland's Victoria Glover and Wales' Micky McDonagh.

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