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Katie Taylor Set To Take On Delfine Persoon In Rematch Of 2019 Classic

Katie Taylor Set To Take On Delfine Persoon In Rematch Of 2019 Classic

Undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor has agreed to rematch with rival Delfine Persoon on the undercard of Dillian Whyte v Alexander Povetkin on August 22.

The duo faced off in a 'Fight of the Year' contender at Madison Square Garden last year, with Taylor squeaking past her opponent in controversial majority decision. Victory ensured that Taylor became the undisputed champion at 135lbs, with all five of her belts being put on the line against Persoon.

Taylor was originally scheduled to fight Puerto Rican Amanda Serrano, following an agreement between the two camps. However, call outs from both camps surrounding the fight have meant that Serrano and Taylor couldn't go ahead in August.

Speaking on the fight, Taylor said that "with Amanda Serrano not taking the fight," she wanted the biggest fight possible in August.

"I think a second Persoon fight is one that everyone wants to see.

"I've been looking forward to a rematch ever since the first fight and I'm delighted it's been made. It was definitely very close first time around, but I felt I deserved the win and I intend to leave no doubts in the rematch."

Belgian fighter Persoon has been outspoken in her desire for a rematch, and with news of the fight breaking, her outlook hasn't changed.

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"I am ready to get the victory following the injustice last June in New York." said Persoon.

"Not by words, but in the ring."

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn was awestruck that both fighters agreed to the bout, but was delighted that a rematch could be brought to the masses.

"To be honest I can't quite believe this fight has been made. I can't give enough credit to Katie and Delfine for agreeing to do it again.

"Since their epic 'Fight of the Year' contender at Madison Square Garden last year, everyone has wanted to see this once again and now we have it. I'm very proud to stage this fight, especially at such a critical time for our sport."

The fight will take place at the 'Matchroom Fight Camp' in Brentwood, Essex, and will act as the main support to the WBC Interim Heavyweight title match between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin. The fight will be broadcast live in Ireland on Sky Sports Box Office.

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Sean Meehan

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