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‘If there’s any doubt we’ve got to do it again’ – Hearn reveals Taylor wants rematch

It’s not surprisingly quite honourable from Katie Taylor [14(6)-0].

According to Eddie Hearn the first Irish fighter to unify an entire division in the four belt era called for a rematch of her grueling contest with Delfine Persoon [43(18)-2(1)] upon hearing a sizable amount had scored the fight not in her favour.

Although there wasn’t talk of ‘robbery’ among the majority of respected observers there where some ringside who had the Taylor losing a close undisputed title fight.

As expected some of the reaction online was a bit more dramatic and the Belgian Police Inspector stormed out of the ring and the building in tears after believing she had been denied an Andy Ruiz Jr sized upset early on the Madison Square Garden card.

In the ring post the historic victory the Bray native was adamant she done enough to win, pointing to the first half of the fight as her round banking stage.

However, upon hearing the controversy surrounding the scorecard post victory the IBF, WBO, WBA and WBC lightweight champion of the world claimed the only way forward was an immediate rematch according to her promoter.

“She said to me ‘If there’s any doubt that I didn’t win the fight we’ve got to do it again.’ She asked me, I told her that I had it a draw, and she turned around and said that we’ve got to do it again,” Hearn told Balls.ie.

Taylor missed the post fight press conference as she had undergo a concussion check, but Hearn claims she is rematch keen.

With mega money fights with the likes of Amanda Serrano potentially down the line the majority would shy away from any form of return and particularly an immediate one.

For most promoters and managers it would be a case of ‘job done’ on to the more lucrative and less scary next one. Repeating a tough fight would be to risky for a boxer with so many money fights on the horizon.

However, Taylor is an honourable competitor, a proud champion and it seems early mention of those doubts have prompted her to want a rematch and to win it clearer.

Hearn refused to comment on when or where a potential return would take place, but hinted at an Autumn date for a potential rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr.


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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