Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon will go face-to-face this weekend in the rematch of their controversial clash last summer.
Taylor retained her lightweight world titles at Madison Square Garden in June 2019, claiming a majority decision win which was far from convincing.
Katie Taylor takes on Delfine Persoon in their rematch clash this weekend
Persoon was adamant she had won and left the ring in tears following the result.
Now the two will do battle once again on the undercard to this weekend’s heavyweight bout between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin.
Taylor’s bounty of belts will be on the line again and the Irish superstar will be eager to put on a show and put their rivalry to bed.
Taylor vs Persoon: Date and how to watch
The two will clash in their rematch on Saturday, August 22 at Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing HQ in Essex.
The fight is set to get underway at around 9pm for UK fans but this will depend on the night’s other results.
It is being shown on Sky Sports Box Office and will cost £19.95.
You can also live stream for the same price on your computer, mobile and tablet devices.
Sky Sports Box Office is also now available on BT TV. There are two ways to make the purchase – by tuning to channel 496 or by searching for the event in the BT Player.
Katie Taylor beat Delfine Persoon in June 2019 in a controversial clash
Taylor vs Persoon: Fight card
- Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin – WBC interim heavyweight title
- Katie Taylor (c) vs. Delfine Persoon – Unified WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring female lightweight titles
- Luther Clay (c) vs. Chris Kongo – WBO Global welterweight title
- Jack Cullen vs. Zak Chelli
- Alen Babic vs. Shawndell Tegel Winters
Taylor vs Persoon: Tale of the tape
Taylor – Persoon
Nationality: Irish – Belgian
Age: 34 – 35
Height: 5ft 5 – 5ft 9
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Reach: 65in – 68in
Record: 15-0-0 – 44-2-0
KOs: 6 – 18
Rounds: 114 – 306
Debut: 26/11/2016 – 23/5/2009
Irish boxer Katie Taylor talks about her recent victory over Delfine Persoon
Taylor vs Persoon: What has been said?
Katie Taylor: “We both think we’re going to win. I want to be involved in the biggest fights and that’s why I wanted this rematch.
“I want to prove that I am the best. There will be criticism whether I win or lose. This is why I’m in boxing – to be the best. I want to be known as the pound-for-pound No 1.
“No crowd, all the belts on the line? This is the purest form of boxing you will ever see.
“I’m prepared for whatever comes my way on Saturday. May the best boxer win.”
Delfine Persoon: “We didn’t think [Taylor would grant a rematch]. We were very surprised Katie is taking this risk. For her, it is a big risk. If she loses, it isn’t good for her career.
“A war? This is boxing. Punch, punch back. It is not a war. Grabbing and holding is not boxing. Boxing offensively, jabbing and working, is the way to box.
“I respect her style. I must prove my style, like I did in New York, but even better. I could see I am bigger than her.
“I have to start the fight faster than last time, with a higher tempo. But I can’t change the whole thing. My way of boxing is with pressure.
“I can box also on the back foot but, a lot of the time, my opponents don’t pressure me. But I can do it. I spar with guys in Belgium who are stronger than me. They give me problems and I find solutions. Against a girl, I always feel stronger because I train with men.
“But I like to box in front. Boxing with my heart can be a problem, sometimes I forget to use my [brain].
“I must not give her time to hold me. Don’t give her the time.”