What Is Katie Taylor Fighting For?
Over the past month, women’s boxing has been taking center stage when it comes to Matchroom Boxing-related events. Whether it be main eventing or being the fight of the night, stars have been made. Katie Taylor will look to be at the center of it all when she faces Delfine Persoon in the finale of “Matchroom Fight Camp” on August 22.
Taylor (15-0) will be defending her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring Lightweight Titles against Persoon in a rematch from their bout last year. A WBO Junior-Welterweight Champion as well, Taylor will look to erase all doubts from her previous fight with Persoon with a win. She will also look to continue her run as a top star in the sport.
“I’m in this sport to create history and leave a great legacy,” said Taylor. “These are the kind of fights that are going to leave a great legacy in my career. The first fight was too close for my liking. It has been hanging over my head over the last year, so I was delighted when the rematch was nailed down. I’m looking forward to putting on a more dominant performance on August 22nd and shutting up everyone that has criticized me over the last year.”
Starting her professional career in 2016, Taylor quickly became a phenomenon. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist and five-time World Championships winner competed in a close contest with Persoon inside Madison Square Garden last June. Blowing the roof off of the place, it was an affair that had fans on their feet. Taylor would get the majority decision win in a decision some are calling controversial.
Taylor is ready to put on a show once again.
“I did watch the fight back and it was obviously a very close fight. That’s why there is a rematch,” Taylor went on to say. “I definitely couldn’t have given her more than five rounds, so for people to say it was a disgraceful decision or it was a robbery, is a disgrace in itself. I felt like I deserved to win the fight even though it was very close. I wanted this rematch. At the end of the day, I want to be involved in the biggest fights and the fights that people are interested in. This is a huge fight for me and for Persoon. It’s a huge fight for the sport.”
Taylor was originally supposed to face Amanda Serrano earlier this year before the coronavirus postponed the bout. Thought to be rebooked for “Fight Camp”, the fight was called off (for now) after Eddie Hearn threatened legal action if Serrano were to go through with an obstacle course-like reality show called “Exatlon” on Telemundo. Lou DiBella would end up saying that a lack of preparation for the bout as a result of the pandemic was a factor in making things not as realistic as Hearn thinks it could be. He also stated that unnecessary reductions and negotiations were a big factor.
With a new but familiar opponent, Taylor is focusing on the now. Taylor will look to up her game compared to last time. According to CompuBox, Taylor landed 103 punches compared to Persoon’s 116 in their last fight. With 93 power punches, ten more than Persoon’s 83, Taylor is ready to up the ante.
“I think I’m going to be a completely different fighter on August 22nd. I think people are going to see a completely different performance and a completely different fight from my perspective,” Taylor stated. “I got drawn into a bit of a fight in the first one and sometimes that happens. I’m definitely going to be a bit more disciplined in this fight. I’m going to be ready for whatever Persoon throws at me. I’m completely prepared for this fight. I’ve been training for a big fight since January so I’m more than ready to step in and put on a dominant performance.”
The main event of the finale of “Matchroom Fight Camp” will be Dillian Whyte defending his interim WBC Heavyweight Title against Alexander Povetkin.