Delfine Persoon Ready To Flip The Script In Katie Taylor Rematch
An accomplished fighter overseas, Delfine Persoon has had a year to prepare for a revenge fight. When “Matchroom Fight Camp” goes live, will she have what it takes to convincingly take down Katie Taylor?
Persoon (44-2) will take on Taylor (15-0) for the latter’s WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring Lightweight Titles on August 22. It will be a rematch from their epic clash from inside Madison Square Garden back in June 2019. Taylor won via majority decision, and the two had everyone in New York on their feet. They left everyone desiring more, especially because the outcome was deemed controversial.
“It’s up to me to prove that I also deserve the Titles. In New York, for us, it was not the correct decision. Everybody thinks [I won the first fight with Taylor]. It’s good there is a rematch,” Persoon stated. “We will see who is the best fighter. 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.”
Persoon made her boxing debut in 2008. After losing the tenth pro fight of her career, the Belgian won 34 in a row. She would win the WBC Lightweight Title in 2014 and defended it nine times before losing to Taylor. Persoon rebounded by beating Helen Joseph in November for the interim WBA Super-Featherweight Title.
Since beating Persoon, Taylor moved in weight and won the WBO Junior-Welterweight Title against Christina Linardatou. She was supposed to face Amanda Serrano before complications got in the way. Now she must focus on someone many are calling one of her toughest opponents to date.
As far as take two is concerned, Persoon believes a specific strategy can help her out.
“A war? This is boxing. Punch, punch back. It is not a war,” Persoon went on to say. “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. 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.”
Persoon will be looking to add all the pressure to Taylor when the two face off once again.
The finale of “Matchroom Fight Camp” will be taking place in the backyard of Matchroom’s U.K. offices. The main event will be interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte defending his title against Alexander Povetkin.