After Controversial Win, Taylor Demands Persoon Rematch

While Andy Ruiz Jr’s upset win hogged the spotlight last weekend, Katie Taylor would make history in a controversial fashion, taking a majority decision win against Delfine Persoon, to become the first undisputed women’s lightweight champion.

Persoon would storm out of the ring following the announcing of the score cards (96-94, 94-94, 95-95), and Taylor’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, also scored the fight a draw.

“Katie Taylor is just an incredible competitor,” Hearn said of Taylor, who upon learning how Hearn scored the fight, demanded the rematch..

“She says, ‘Do people think Persoon won?’ And I said, ‘Most people had it a draw, but quite a few people had Persoon winning.’ [Taylor said], ‘We’ve gotta fight her again, straight away.’ And it was a brilliant fight for women’s boxing. The atmosphere was incredible, but she’s like, ‘If there’s any doubt, any doubt …’ I said, ‘I had it a draw.’ She asked me. And she said, ‘Well, we’ve gotta do it again.’ ”

With the win, Taylor joins Cecilia Braekhus (welterweight) and Claressa Shields (middleweight) as the third female fighter to hold the IBF, WBO, WBA, and WBC world titles titles simultaneously.


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