Thursday 20 June 2019

Who is next for Katie Taylor? A look at the world number one and the four other belt holders

Katie Taylor celebrates win over McCaskill and (inset) world number one Delfine Persoon
Katie Taylor celebrates win over McCaskill and (inset) world number one Delfine Persoon
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

So it's eight out of eight and a potential homecoming in Dublin for the indomitable Katie Taylor.

The Bray pugilist has, as expected, shot to the higher echelons of women's professional boxing in a short space of time and following last night's successful defence of her lightweight title after 10 tough rounds against America's Jessica McCaskill, she proclaimed she is chasing all five belts.

McCaskill was never going to be the 16-1 pushover her pre-fight odds suggested. Although relatively inexperienced, the Chicago woman was only beaten once in her previous six outings in the pro ranks - a split decision against Katonya Fisher in her second fight in June, 2016.

Her other five encounters ended in comfortable victories - three by knockout and two by unanimous desicion.

So where now for Katie and who stands in her way of achieving her dream?

Taylor has shot up to number two in the world rankings and holds the WBA belt. The ultimate goal is surely world number one Delfine Persoon from Belgium, a daunting prospect with just one defeat in 40 fights and that coming all the way back in 2010.

Persoon holds the WBC belt but is not on Taylor's radar right now.

Watch Persoon in action here:

Instead, the Irish women's next bout looks likely to be against IBF champion Victoira Bustos from Argentina in Dublin early next year after Eddie Hearn confirmed talks have already began.

One curious fact about Bustos' career is that the 18 fights she has won have all gone the distance. The probable date of that showdown is in April in the 3 Arena - though the RDS hasn't been ruled out either.

Here are the holders of the women's lightweight belts:

WBA (World Boxing Association)

Katie Taylor (Ireland)

Record: 8-0 (4 KOs)

Champion Since October 28, 2017

WBC (World Boxing Council)

Delfine Persoon (Belgium)

Record: 39-1 (16 KOs)

Champion since April 20, 2014

IBF (International Boxing Federation

Victoria Noelia Bustos (Argentina)

Record: 18-4

Champion since September 21, 2013

WBO (World Boxing Organisation)

Yohana Belen Alfonzo (Argentina)

Record: 16-2 (1 KO)

Champion since July 24, 2015

IBO (International Boxing Organisation

Chantelle Cameron (UK)

Record: 5-0

Champion since December 12, 2017


World rankings in lightweight division

1 Delfine Persoon

2 Katie Taylor

4 Victoria Bustos

8 Chanelle Cameron

(WBO champion Alfonzo doesn't appear in these rankings)

Online Editors

The Throw-In: Dublin hurlers come of age, who will stand up for Offaly and Anthony Cunningham's unique record

In association with Bord Gáis Energy

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport