Katie Taylor v Delfine Persoon II possible in August
When the highly anticipated mega bout between women’s undisputed world lightweight champion Katie Taylor (15-0, 6 KOs) and WBO/WBC “interim” Women’s World Featherweight Featherweight champ Amanda Serrano (38-1-1, 28 KOs) fell through due to financial terms, it was a big let-down for fans and media pundits alike.
It is disappointing to miss out on potentially one of the best match-ups ever in the history of women’s boxing. However, we may have a reprieve in store.
Eddie Hearn, CEO of Matchroom Boxing and the promoter of Taylor, recently disclosed to Sky Sports that he has begun discussions with the handlers of WBC Women’s world Lightweight champion Delfine Persoon (44-2, 18 KOs). The hope is to form a deal and stage what would be a rematch between the two on August 2 on the undercard of the upcoming heavyweight clash between WBC “Interim” world Heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin.
TAKING A LOOK BACK
Taylor and Persoon previously fought at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of Anthony Joshua – Andy Ruiz I. They put on a show as they went toe-to-toe for 10 rounds in arguably 2019’s Women’s Fight Of the Year.
Taylor won by close majority decision, but many felt afterward that Persoon did enough to deserve the verdict. Observers of women’s boxing have hoped for a rematch since and as Hearn explained to Sky Sports, has his finger crossed that he can provide just that.
“We are working hard on the Taylor versus Persoon rematch for August 22. Katie wants the biggest fights out there and when Serrano pulled out, Katie immediately asked about the Persoon rematch.
The first fight was one of the best I’ve ever seen live and as a fan, I would love to see it again. Whyte versus Povetkin and Taylor versus Persoon 2 is an epic doubleheader – let’s see if we can get it done.”
If the folks can’t get Taylor – Serrano, a rematch between Taylor and Persoon would be more than a satisfactory substitute. Stay tuned to 3KingsBoxing for further developments on this potential rematch.
By: Michael Wilson