Taylor unified the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO lightweight titles last year in New York by winning a majority decision against Persoon, who stormed out of the ring and still disagrees with the judges’ verdict. Their anticipated rematch is on August 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office, to conclude Fight Camp alongside Dillian Whyte’s heavyweight battle with Alexander Povetkin. How To Watch Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon 2 Fight Live Online free.
If we had rounds of three minutes it would be better for me, Persoon told Sky Sports. I know she wouldn’t box with me for three minutes. She will run. In the first fight there was a lot of holding, holding, holding. In another country they would tell you: ‘Don’t hold’ then take away a point. But they never spoke about her holding me.
In the fourth round her trainer said: ‘Grab her arms!’ Is she going to run and grab me? For the people, that is not a good fight. Ten rounds of running with one or two punches is not a fight that people want to see. Take the first punch, answer, jab, come in, go out. Katie throws one shot, runs away, then grabs.
I hope she wants a nice fight – two boxers to go for it, and the best boxer wins. Let’s show that two women can have a spectacular fight. But I don’t think she will.
Persoon insists she could knock out the undefeated Taylor: Everything is possible. One good shot, one good punch on the chin? For both boxers everything is possible. Belgium’s Persoon was the WBC champion entering her first fight with Taylor last year and remains frustrated by the result.
The first fight? We think we won, Persoon said. Look at who worked the most. Look at the last moment of every round. Look at the beginning of the fight one round for her, one for me, not all of the rounds were hers.
Though last year’s fight between Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon has been widely acclaimed as one of the best women’s fights ever, certainly one of the best that came on a truly big stage on the Joshua-Ruiz card, Persoon herself didn’t think the fight was all that great, actually.
We’ve hyped the fight repeatedly, and despite Delfine’s indifference to its quality, I still say it was a hell of a fight, and would have been a show-stealer for sure had Andy Ruiz Jr not turned boxing upside down for a bit with his upset of Anthony Joshua just after.
She’s, of course, not the first person to note Taylor’s holding. Taylor, who controversially won a majority decision to become undisputed lightweight champion, absolutely held a lot, and still it was a good fight for most of us goons because it was physical, hard-hitting, really spirited, and kept a nice pace.
Taylor and Persoon will rematch on Aug. 22, part of Matchroom’s final Fight Camp card, or at least what they hope will be the last one, which is headlined by Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin.
Persoon, 35, doesn’t expect Taylor, 34, to change tactics, and admits that Taylor is more technically sound than her, but she’s hoping for the “right” decision this time, as she still firmly believes — as do others — that she deserved the W the first time around.
Since their first outing, Taylor went up to 140 on Nov. 2 and won the WBO belt from Christina Linardatou, but clearly prefers being at lightweight if possible. She was meant to be fighting Amanda Serrano, but that all pretty gloriously fell apart, and Persoon was drafted in, which is a fine replacement and a warranted rematch. Persoon also fought last November, beating Helen Joseph over 10 rounds in Belgium, and also made a play at the Olympics, but lost in her opening qualifying bout to Nikoleta Peta of Greece.