Delfine Persoon [44(18)-2(1)] is willing to step in and replace Amanda Serrano [38(28)-1(0)-1]as Katie Taylor’s [15(6)-0] summer opponent.
The Brooklyn based Puerto Rican star looked certain to challenge Taylor for her four lightweight world titles on the final installment of Matchroom’s upcoming Fight Camp series.
However, the nine time seven weight world champion revealed she wouldn’t sign for a fight, that was initially agreed for May 2, before being pushed back to July 4 and then proposed for August 15.
The 31-year-old, who has also competed in MMA, claims the purse on offer is 50% less than the original offer and not worthy of a fight being billed as ‘the greatest female fight of all time’.
There still is time for the issue to be resolved and it appears both fighters are still training with an August 15 date in mind.
Although Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn may just be able to promote the perfect alternative.
The fighter Taylor shared 10 high octane and exciting rounds with on July 1 of 2019 is willing to do it again on August 15.
Delfine Persoon’s manager and trainer Filep Tampere told Sean McGoldrick for the Irish Independent, that the Belgian would be ready, willing and able for the pay per view card, that will also host a fight between Jason Quigley and Jack Cullen.
“Delfine is willing to take on Taylor on August 15,” declared her Tampere before suggesting he wouldn’t be confident of receiving an offer.
“So far I haven’t heard from Eddie Hearn and I doubt if we will ever get a rematch.”
The Persoon clash is one Taylor has been very vocal about wanting. The Bray native isn’t overly happy with the controversy surrounding the original bout.
There are those that scored a close fight the way of the former WBC champion and Taylor wants to register a convincing win over the now Olympic hopeful to prove she is the better of the two.
A repeat with the 35-year-old was always on the cards for 2020, but Matchroom and Team Taylor wanted it to come after clashes with Serrano and Cecila Braekhus.
However, the fact Persoon has a Toyko 2020 (now 2021) ambitions put those plans in doubt.
An injured Persson attempted to qualify for the Olympic Games via the European qualifiers in London in March, but beaten 4-1 by a Greek lightweight Pita Nikoleta in the first round.
“While her test for Covid-19 came back negative according to her doctor she had all the symptoms associated with the virus,” explains her coach.
“She was ill for some time but thankfully she has now fully recovered and his back running and doing other exercises. Due to the restrictions she cannot do any sparring at the moment.
“Our plan is to go to the final Olympic qualifying tournament in Paris. However, we can change our plans if we get the fight against Katie Taylor. Delfine is available and wants to fight her in August,” said Tampere.”