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‘Very easy fight to score’ – Taylor doesn’t see the controversy surrounding Persoon win

It was close, but it was not controversial, in fact Katie Taylor believes her fight with Delfine Persoon was easy to score.

The Bray fighter was given her toughest test to date by the Belgian at Madison Square Garden back on June 1, but is adamant she won the undisputed clash legitimately.

Persoon has continuously argued otherwise claiming she was ‘robbed’ and has gone as far as to lodge an appeal with the World Boxing Council.

Taylor doesn’t lay claim to winning by a landslide and has admitted she allowed the 34-year-old to take some rounds in the second half of the fight.

However, she suggests it’s not hard to score the fight in her favour if you take a round by round approach rather than a look at momentum swinging in the closing stages.

Ineed, the Wicklow warrior believe it’s an easy fight to score and suggest not many she has meet have her losing the fight for all the belts.

“It’s a very, very easy fight to score in my mind,” insisted Taylor when speaking to CNN.

“A lot of people had it 6-4 to me. Some people had it 5-all. But very, very few people, that I’ve spoken to, actually had her winning.”

Taylor admits she is also looking forward to putting any doubts with regard to her being the better fighter to bed when the pair trade leather in a high profile rematch.

“I look forward to beating her a little bit more convincingly,” she adds.

The rematch won’t be immediate. It now appears as if the Olympic gold medal winner and decorated former amateur has her sight sets on moving up in weight.

Taylor is legacy keen and wants to make more history by becoming a two weight world champion.

With that in mind a move up to light welterweight looks next before a possible clash with Amanda Serrano. It could be next summer before any return.

“Katie currently fights at 135-pounds, but we could take on Jessica McCaskill at 140. Celia Braekhaus is another option,” her manager Brian Peters told the Herald.

“She fights now at 147, but we could make that match at 141 with weight stipulations. Katie’s whole career is all about making history, doing something not done before. Being undisputed champion is one thing and being a two-weight champion is another,” Peters said to the Irish Herald.


Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com