Katie Taylor believes Delfine Persoon is a harder fight than Amanda Serrano


Katie Taylor [13(6)-0] believes a clash between herself and Amanda Serrano [36(27)-1-1] is the biggest fight in women’s boxing, but has no doubt Delfine Persoon [23(18)-1-0] is the bigger test.

If the Bray native defeats the Belgian in New York this weekend to become undisputed lightweight world champion a clash with the seven-weight world champion would be the preferred next option.

The WBA, WBO and IBF world champion already holds an embarrassingly one-sided win over Serrano’s older sister Cindy and has been linked to the younger sibling for sometime now.

Indeed, it’s believed Serrano’s DAZN contract has a fight Taylor clause, although the Puerto Rican has both distanced herself from a 2019 meeting in recent times as well as claiming it will happen.

The Matchroom star and female fight pioneer will be upset if the ‘mega fight’ doesn’t materialize as she believes it would play a major part in the development of women’s boxing.

However, while the controversial Puerto Rican may be the bigger name opponent, Taylor claims WBC champion Persoon, who she faces in Madison Square Garden this weekend is presents a bigger challenge.

“I honestly feel the Delfine Persoon fight is a harder fight than Amanda Serrano,” Taylor told Off The Ball.

“I do have to get over this fight and this is going to be the toughest fight of my career, but I get over that fight then Amanda Serrano fight is definitely on the cards. That is the fight that makes sense next.

“It would be a such a shame if that fight didn’t happen or if she pulled out of the fight or whatever is going on, on her end. That fight has to happen. It’s the fight everyone wants and the fight everyone has been talking about since I turned pro. It’s probably the biggest fight in world boxing right now.

“That fight has to happen. It’s important for the sport that, that fight happens”

Taylor hasn’t hid her admiration for the police force member and her achievements since the fight has been made and during fight week has been predicting she will need to be at her best to beat the fighter who boasts a nine year WBC reign.

“It’s definitely going to take a top class performance to win on June 1st. I can’t make any mistakes in this fight. I am going to have to be perform at my best.”

Watch Katie Taylor on Off The Brawl below:

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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 sport for a living for 19 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: [email protected]