Taylor-Persoon To Unify Lightweight Titles

Days after Claressa Shields unified the women’s middleweight championship, two more world champions will get their chance to make history on June 1st.

On Tuesday, Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon have been signed for a title unification fight on Saturday June 1st at Madison Square Garden.

Taylor, who recently added the WBO crown to her IBF and WBA titles in March, looks to complete the collection against WBC champion Persoon on the undercard to Anthony Joshua’s title defense against Jarrell Miller.

Both fighters are having a short turnaround, with Taylor winning against Rose Volante and Persoon having another successful title defense days apart from one another in March.

Not only will the four recognized world titles be on the line, but much like Shields’ battle against Christina Hammer, Taylor and Persoon will battle for the Ring Magazine title, the first time it’s been up for grabs for female lightweight fighters.

“It’s great that she has finally signed for the fight and I’m delighted that Eddie has been able to make it,” said Taylor of Persoon, who fights for the first time outside of Belgium in four years. “After my fight last month I went back home for a week but then it was straight back to Connecticut to start the hard work in training camp for this fight.

“When I turned professional my first goal was to win a World title but then my next priority was to become undisputed champion so obviously this fight gives me the opportunity to do that so it’s massive for my career.

“Women’s boxing is in such great place right now and these are the kind of super fights that will really take it to new heights. Persoon is recognized as one of the best in the world pound for pound and has been the WBC champ now for over five years so it’s the best against the best. Madison Square Garden seems like the perfect setting for a fight of this magnitude.”


“This is a very unique opportunity for me and I’m thankful we’ve got the fight made,” said Persoon. “I did not have the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Games and now I get the chance to compete with the Olympic champion in Katie Taylor.

“This is it – this is everything, the absolute pinnacle of the sport,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “The dream is on, the undisputed championship and I can’t wait to see this fight on June 1.



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