Eddie Hearn has already revealed he has offered the Belgian fighter six figures to fight the Irish sensation in Madison Square Garden on the Anthony Joshua v Jarrell Miller undercard.
The idea is for both fighters to win March world title fights- Persoon against St.Vil tonight and Taylor to add a third belt to her collection by beating Rose Volante on March 15th, before going on to fight for all the lightweight straps in New York this summer.
However, the Haitian-American’s team are confident they can ruin those plans with an upset win in tonight’s WBC lightweight world title fight.
“Unlike other boxers that never fight out of their hometown, Mel goes into the lion’s den. She is the true definition of a boxer. Mel has more testicular fortitude than some male boxers. I know we are the underdogs in this fight and that talks have started for Persoon to face Katie Taylor. As long as the judges and referee give Mel a fair shake, I believe she will be victorious on Saturday night,” said St. Vil’s manager Brian Cohen.
Facing recent Taylor foe Eva Wahlstrom in Helsinki in April 2018 for the WBC World super featherweight title, St. Vil suffered a controversial defeat in her first world title challenge. Despite claims by her and her team she outworked the hometown favorite over 10 rounds, ‘Little Miss Tyson’ lost a close, majority decision on scores of 97-93, 96-94 and 95-95.
St.Vil has fought on enemy turf so often that it was only in her last fight that she made her hometown debut, winning a shutout eight-round decision against previously unbeaten Mayra Hernandez, on September 29, 2018, at Brooklyn’s Kings Theater, as part of a DiBella Entertainment Broadway Boxing event – and DiBella suggests now just maybe the popular boxer’s time.
“Melissa St. Vil is a tremendous fighter who should already be a world champion and deserved the victory in Finland,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment.
“She is never hesitant to travel to an opponent’s hometown and will be doing so again in Belgium. Persoon is a long-reigning champion, but I anticipate Mel’s relentless pressure and aggression making it a very difficult fight for Delfine.”