‘Taylor’s mental situation is not right and that’s why I won’t get a rematch.’ – Persoon claims Irish star has confidence crisis

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Delfine Persoon [44(18)-2(1)] believes Katie Taylor’s [15(6)-0] new found lack of confidence will prevent her getting the rematch she feels she deserves.

The former world champion believes the current two weight titlist is suffering ill effects from their June war – and as a result surmises team Taylor don’t want the return.

The Belgian, who returned to winning ways beating Helen Joseph down at super featherweight on Monday night, was not overly impressed with her defeaters victory over Christina Linardatou in Manchester on the first weekend of this month – and his drawing her conclusions from that and the fact Matchroom haven’t been in touch.

Unlike the now former WBO light welterweight world champion the former WBC lightweight world title holder didn’t argue against the decision and admitted the two weight world champion was a deserved victor.

That’s a point of view everyone bar the Greek based Dominican Republic fighter’s team agree with, yet while the majority of experts claim the Irish Icon produced a perfect boxing display and employed the tactics that would have made the Persoon fight easier, the Belgian Police woman felt the Bray fighter wasn’t completely right on the night.

Upon discussing the matter with her coach they concluded the owner of five world titles as well as the Ring Magazine lightweight strap isn’t over the Persoon fight back in June and is suffering from a drop in confidence.

“I think she won the fight,” said Persoon.

“Although I didn’t find her convincing. My trainer {Filiep Tampere] says that she has not yet over the fight against me and I think that it has probably affected her self-confidence.”

Persoon’s belief that she was the rightful winner of the Madison Square Garden ‘all the belts’ clash, means her confidence remains intact. She was down beat post the reverse, but claims she has since come to terms with what she believes was an injustice.

“I have had to deal with a lot of frustrations, it was not the first time that we had a rag in our face. You learn how to handle that and move on. “

The tough operator should get the chance to test Taylor’s confidence levels in 2020, as Matchroom plan a big rematch.

Eddie Hearn has gone as far as to suggest the pair could top a summer Sky pay per view card, but Persoon claims no contacts re a return have been made.

However, Persoon can’t see a repeat playing out. The 34-year-old claims Team Taylor are full of talk when the cameras are present, but claims there is radio silence when it comes to negotiations.

“I can put it like this: a lot of bla bla, but no action. In interviews with her or her entourage it sounds positive. They say ‘yes [to a rematch] but first lets have this fight” or “certainly, we will do it next year “… But there is no contact with us, we don’t get any mail, nothing. I also think that Taylor’s mental situation is not right and that is why I will not get a rematch chance. “


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: editoririshboxing@gmail.com