Katie Taylor insists she is not”ducking” Delfine Persoon and plans to”shut everyone up” by beating the Belgian once again in a rematch following summer.
When she confronts WBO super-lightweight title-holder Christina Linardatou in Manchester taylor will bid to be a two-weight world winner November 2.
When she beat all the dozens and Persoon together 96-94 and 95-95, 96-94 the Irish superstar became undisputed lightweight winner in June, but there was some controversy.
Her focus is about defeating Linardatou and then she would like to confront Puerto Rico’s Amanda Serrano, although taylor admits Persoon warrants a rematch.
“First I must conquer Christina Linardatou, and after I do this I hope to have Amanda Serrano second and the Persoon rematch in the summer sometime. That could be my perfect route,” Taylor explained.
“[The Persoon battle ] was a touch-and-go fight, an all-out war actually for 10 rounds, and most likely one of the most exciting fights I’ve ever been involved in, probably a little too stimulating for my liking!
“It is every fighter’s dream to be the undisputed winner, that’s the pinnacle of the game right there, so I had been really, very enthusiastic.
“To predict the battle a robbery is a complete disgrace in itself really. I am well aware that’s exactly the reason the reason it’s a battle that deserves a rematch and it was a battle that is close.
“I’m not one for ducking or diving any obstacle, I think my career has shown that so far. I adore the fights that are huge and I can’t wait to kind of set the story very.
“I look forward to beating her a lot more convincingly, to shut everyone up essentially!
“I was constantly aware that it was going to be a very close fight and I overcame that. I came off with the straps and deservedly so.”
Taylor wants to be known at her weight class as the female fighter of her own generation, and that she knows a victory over Persoon would go a very long way.
She added:”It is about legacy, it’s all about history-making. I need to be known as the greatest and I’m prepared to show myself every time I step into the ring, and that’s the reason it is so good to participate in those fights.
“These are amazing fights to have ahead of me but first and foremost it’s November two, and my attention is fully on this opponent.”
Taylor’s conflict with the Linardatou of Greece remarks a Manchester Arena bill which also includes what is defined as the last bout of the livelihood of former WBC lightweight champion Anthony Crolla, against a yet-to-be-announced competition, and Joshua Buatsi fighting Australian Blake Caparello.
Taylor is honoured to be headlining such a card.
“I never thought when I first sat down [promoter] Eddie Hearn three decades ago I could possibly be in this place, to headline a big show like this,” Taylor stated.
“To be around exactly the same show as Anthony Crolla, his farewell struggle, Joshua Buatsi, along with all the rest of the fighters on the card, this can be such a special moment for me.
“I feel like I’ve broken down a lot of boundaries through recent years. Definitely when I turned pro a few years ago I wanted to alter people’s perceptions of this game, and the support I have gotten in the UK during the past couple of years has been so special. I am just seen by them as another boxer, not a boxer, that is amazing.
“To have this chance , to headline this show and become a two-weight world champion is amazing.”
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