23/10/2019

Katie Taylor wants to ‘shut everyone up’ by beating Delphine Persoon again in rematch


Katie Taylor insists she’s not”ducking” Delfine Persoon and plans to”shut up everyone” by defeating the Belgian once more in a rematch next summer.
Taylor will likely bid to become a world winner on November 2 when she faces WBO super-lightweight title-holder Christina Linardatou at Manchester.
The Irish star became undisputed champion in June if she beat Persoon in Madison Square Garden, through a majority decision with all the dozens 95-95, 96-94 and 96-94, but there was some controversy surrounding the result.
Her immediate focus is on beating Linardatou and she would like to confront Puerto Rico’s Amanda Serrano, although taylor admits Persoon deserves a rematch.
“First I must conquer Christina Linardatou, and once I do I hope to possess Amanda Serrano next and the Persoon rematch at the summer sometime. That could be my perfect route,” Taylor stated.
“[The Persoon fight] was a touch-and-go battle, an all-purpose war really for 10 rounds, but probably one of the most fascinating fights I have ever been involved in, probably a little too exciting for my own liking!
“It’s each fighter’s dream to become the undisputed winner, that is the pinnacle of the game right there, so I was really, very enthused.
“To predict the battle a robbery is an absolute disgrace in itself really. I am aware that is exactly why it is a fight that deserves a rematch and it was a battle that is close.
“I am not one for ducking or diving any challenge, I believe my career shows that so far. I adore the huge fights and I can’t wait to set up the story straight really.
“I look forward to beating her more , to shut everyone up essentially!
“I was constantly aware that it was going to be a very close fight and I defeated that. I came out with the belts and deservedly so.”
Taylor would like to be known at her weight class as her generation’s best fighter, and that she knows a second victory over Persoon goes a long way.
She added:”It is about legacy, it is all about history-making. I want to be called the best and I am willing to prove myself every time I step in the ring, and that’s the reason exactly why it’s so great to participate in those huge fights.
“These are fantastic struggles to get before me – but first and foremost it is November two, and my attention is on this opponent.”
Taylor’s clash with the Linardatou of Greece headlines a Manchester Arena bill that also features what’s set to be the last bout of WBC lightweight champion Anthony Crolla’s career, against a yet-to-be-announced opponent, also Australian Blake Caparello being fought by Joshua Buatsi.
Taylor is honoured to be headlining a card.
“I never believed when I sat down with [promoter] Eddie Hearn three years back I could be in this place, to headline a big show in this way,” Taylor stated.
“To be on the exact same series as Anthony Crolla, his farewell struggle, Joshua Buatsi, along with all the rest of the fighters on the card, so this is such a special moment for me.
“I feel like I’ve broken down a great deal of boundaries over the years. When I turned pro I wished to alter people’s perceptions of the sport, and the support I have gotten over the past couple of years has been unique. They see me as another fighter.
“To have this chance to headline this series and become a two-weight world champion is amazing.”

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