Katie Taylor [13(6)-0] thinks her massive fight with Delfine Persoon [43(18)-1(1)] at Madison Square Garden this Saturday night will be ugly, but assures that doesn’t mean it won’t be exciting.
The star of the London 2012 Olympic predicts her Flemish opponent will drag her into the trenches during their eagerly anticipated undisputed DAZN and Sky Sports Box Office-broadcast clash.
The WBC champion has admitted that is the game plan and whilst being open about the fact she couldn’t beat the former amateur sensation over three rounds she remains adamant a 10 round bout makes Saturday a 50/50 affair.
Persoon believes the distance of the fight makes it easier for her negate the skills and speed advantages held by the Bray fighter.
Her plan is to make it physical, bring work rate to the fore and draw the WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight title holder into a scrap.
The Matchroom fighter is aware she may have to stand her ground at times, but claims she is looking forward to showing that she is as tough as she is talented.
“It’s going to be a very very physical fight. She definitley punches non stop for the 10 rounds she is very very awkward as well. This is a fight where I am going to have to show a lot of heart as well. It’s going to be in the trenches for the whole fight, but that’s what I have prepared for. I go into the trenches every single day over here in training. I am ready for that kind of fight,” Taylor told off the ball.
Taylor claims looking good against the nine year WBC champ is nigh on impossible and in that respect Saturday becomes all about the win regardless of how it is achieved.
The female fight pioneer warns her opponent she is ready to do what it takes to win and will trade on heart alone if needs be.
“She is a hard girl to look good against because of how awkward she is sometimes and because of how reckless she is herself.
“I don’t mind making the fight ugly or winning the fight ugly. I am looking forward to the challenge. It’s going to be a physical fight as I said and I will have to show a lot of heart. I am down for that and looking forward to it.
It always about the win whether I have to win boring or whether it’s exciting. The fact of the matter is it’s all about getting that W and moving on.”
Whilst the Wicklow native predicts an ugly fight she believes what it lacks in aesthetics it will make up for in excitement.
The undisputed hopeful believes the opposing styles will gel to create a tense all action affair.
“This fight is definitely not going to be a boring fight just from the nature of her style and my style as well. I think there are going to be fireworks during this fight and there is going to be times when we are standing in front of each other and trading shots. Just from the nature of my style and mixed together I think it is going to be a very very exciting fight.”