It looks like newly-crowned welterweight champion Jessica McCaskill is not looking to rest after making history. She is ready for more gold and a rematch.
This past weekend, Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon put on another classic affair. A rematch from their bout inside Madison Square Garden last year, Taylor was able to win via unanimous decision. According to CompuBox, Taylor landed 95 total punches while Persoon landed 107, but Taylor was more accurate with her shots. Persoon accepted the bout result compared to the scoring of the first bout which was deemed controversial.
Taylor (16-0), would retain her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring Lightweight Titles, go 2-0 against Persoon, and erase all doubts. Is another revenge fight coming?
McCaskill (9-2) called out Taylor after her fight on social media, stating:
“Hey Katie, good fight. Congratulations on your victory. Now you know what time it is: have Eddie Hearn call Rick Ramos. Now that that is complete, you have unfished business with me. So let’s get it done.”
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) August 22, 2020
Making her professional debut in 2015, McCaskill faced Katie Taylor back in 2017. Taylor would win via unanimous decision, retaining her WBA Lightweight Title. Since then, McCaskill has won four in a row. She won the WBA and WBC Super-Lightweight Titles before facing off against Cecilia Braekhus a few weeks ago. On the streets of Tulsa, McCaskill would end Braekhus’s streak of 25 consecutive title defenses. She became the WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring Welterweight Champion as a result.
McCaskill would end up giving her thoughts on who would win the Taylor-Persoon fight. Knowing what she wants, McCaskill was pulling for Taylor.
“I want Katie to win,” said McCaskill. “Katie is one of the biggest fights for me outside of a Cecilia rematch. We just have to go to the drawing board and figure it out. I hope to fight before the end of the year, but we have to see how Katie gets out of this fight. If she’s cut or anything like that it will take longer with suspensions but I’d love to fight before the end of the year. I am already back in the gym so I am staying ready.
“I almost knocked Katie out with a left hook. I felt that I was on the world-class level and I proved it. If Katie had lost that fight to me, I don’t think Eddie would have kept pouring money into women’s boxing the way he has. He was so invested in Katie and he still is. So I am OK with the outcome. We have both led successful career paths from there and I think there should be a rematch.
While not saying whether she would retire or not, Braekhus did state she was interested in taking a break. Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn is looking for a rematch to take place between Braekhus and McCaskill. Original plans were for Taylor to face Amanda Serrano before those plans were nixed. The four fighters would do battle to see who would face one another.
With plans changing, stay tuned to see what the future holds for the women’s lightweight and welterweight divisions.