It’s one of the biggest fights in women’s boxing and it all goes down this Saturday night inside the infamous Madison Square Garden as Ireland’s Katie Taylor takes on Delfine Persoon for an historic unification title bout.
Katie Taylor (13-0) is set to make her fourth appearance Stateside and her second visit to New York’s Madison Square Garden arena this Saturday night.
Taylor’s bout with Delfine Persoon (43-1) serves as the featured bout on the undercard for Anthony Joshua’s title defence against Anthony Ruiz Junior.
Bray’s Taylor could make history by becoming the first Irish person to hold four belts at any weight class. Having conquered the WBO, IBF and WBA belts, the WBC crown is all that stands in the way of Taylor making history.
Fellow Irish native, Conor McGregor made history in the UFC by becoming the promotion’s first dual weight world champion after systematically beating Eddie Alvarez in the same arena Taylor finds herself fighting in the same building.
The Irish are no strangers to New York recently with the aforementioned Conor McGregor and fellow Olympian turned pro, Michael Conlan making his debut in the arena a few years ago.
CAREER DEFINING FIGHT
Taylor knows that her opponent has been the champion for a long time and her experience as a professional will certainly hold her in good stead.
“It’s the biggest fight of my life”, Taylor told Sky Sports earlier this week. “It’s going to be a career defining fight – one that will probably surpass what I did in the Olympics.”
Taylor was certainly giving no secrets away as to her game plan for the 34 year old Belgian but with any Katie Taylor fight you’re bound to see punches in bunches and a lot of combinations being thrown.
However, with Persoon in front of her, Taylor will be all too aware of her punching power with 18 KO/TKO finishes to her credit.
Persoon knows too that this is her biggest fight to date and with the surging rise of Katie Taylor since turning professional, she knows that despite her experience, the Bray native will be bringing something very different to the contest.
“We have two different styles”, Persoon told RTE. “I know it will be a hard fight but I think it will be great fight and a showpiece for women’s boxing”.
It’s hard to argue with Persoon’s comments as this is undoubtedly one of, if not the, biggest fight in women’s boxing with a huge prize on offer and the title of ‘undisputed’ adorned atop the victor.
HOW TO WATCH
Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon is set to be the featured bout on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defence against Andy Ruiz Jr.
The action is available to purchase on Sky Sports Box Office from 10pm (GMT) and costs €24.95 and can be purchased via Sky or Virgin Media (please check with your satellite provider).
Taylor and Persoon are roughly scheduled to walk out from 1am onwards depending on prior fights.