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‘I look forward to the rematch’- Katie Taylor claims Persoon rematch is ‘Inevitable’

Katie Taylor is already looking forward to rematching her undisputed foe Delfine Persoon.

The Bray native returned to a hero’s welcome at Dublin Airport this morning having become the first Irish fighter of the four belt era to unify an entire weight division.

The win in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night saw the London 2012 Olympic gold medal winner add another historic achievement to her glittering list of accolades, but there has been some dispute over the result.

Persoon, who was the wrong end of a 96-94, 96-94, 95-95 majority decision, stormed out of the ring and venue furious over the scoring and has since suggested she will lodge an appeal with the WBC.

Some respected commentators have also suggested they felt the Belgium deserved victory, while the general consensus from other educated boxing related people is that the  history maker secured victory in a tight and entertaining clash.

Taylor revealed the ‘controversy’ surrounding the win hasn’t detracted from the joy she feels in bringing home the IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO and Ring Magazine titles.

However, the fact there are those with doubts seem to fuel a return desire. In fact the undisputed champion claims not only is a rematch ‘inevitable’ but says it’s something she looks forward too.

“It was a very, very close fight but we knew from the earlier rounds that we won the fight,” Taylor told RTÉ Radio 1’s Today with Sean O’Rourke.

“This is what happens when the best fight the best. It was an absolute battle, I’m so glad I came out as the winner. I think a rematch is inevitable. It’s a fight that people want to see again. I can’t wait for it.

She later added: “It doesn’t take any shine off (the victory) for me. That’s what happens in close fights.

“A few people had it her way, a few people had it my way. That’s what makes a brilliant fight. I look forward to the rematch.”


Taylor was speaking after her arrival at Dublin airport, where she was meet with a hero’s welcome.

“It’s a great welcome. It’s great to be home and to see the support is absolutely phenomenal,” she said.

“It was great to come through such a tough battle on Saturday night and to come out victorious. This is what it’s all about.”


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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