Katie Taylor: Women’s boxing needs Persoon rivalry

Katie Taylor has said that her burgeoning rivalry with Delfine Persoon is what women’s boxing needs, as anticipation for a prospective rematch between the two fighters continues.

Last Saturday, Taylor defeated the Belgian for the WBC title, becoming the undisputed lightweight champion of the world in the process.

The controversial nature of the win, and the subsequent complaint made by Persoon against the split-decision judgement, has intensified the rivalry between them in the time since.

While Taylor remains adamant that she earned a deserved win over Persoon, she claims that the blossoming feud between the two is exactly what the sport has been needing to break through the glass ceiling.

“This could potentially be a great rivalry. This is exactly what women’s boxing needs,” she said.

“I think my stock has definitely gone up after the fight at the weekend. That was a fight of the year contender, and it was a fight that people want to see again. The rematch is going to be inevitable. I can’t wait for the rematch. It’s a mega fight; similar to Golovkin and Canelo.

“I think I will win the fight a lot more conclusive next time, and I look forward to that day, but I am not too concerned about what people are saying. I am sitting here as the undisputed champion, with the five belts, and that’s all that matters.”

That sentiment was echoed by manager Brian Peters, who said that the tensions between both fighters will only make Taylor’s future bouts that much bigger.

“I think it makes the Serrano fight, and the Persoon rematch, as big as any fight in boxing. Let’s drop this male and female bulls**t. It’s boxing,” he said.

“You couldn’t get any better than that. We stole the show in Madison Square Garden on a magical night. Everything else has to tow in line to that. As far as I am concerned, it’s as good as any fight out there.

“We had Mayweather/Pacquaio, it happened five years too late, who gave a damn about it? We want to see Spence/Crawford fight now, you want to see Canelo/GGG, you want to see Wilder/AJ now; you need to see them when they’re in their prime to fight, and I think that that is what MMA has done so well. The best fight the best, and that’s what you saw on Saturday night.”

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