Katie Taylor proved over and above any question that her boxing techniques were top-quality to Delfine Persoon in their rematch as the Irish fighter retained the undisputed earth lightweight crown by unanimous details choice about 10 relentlessly tough rounds. Taylor’s administration workforce and promoter Eddie Hearn are now planning box business contests with the largest names which could even provide globally renowned mixed martial arts fighters into engage in.
Cris Cyborg, the Bellator MMA featherweight winner, Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm, both equally UFC fighters and champions, are chalked on the wishlist, Taylor’s administration exposed to Telegraph Activity on Saturday. In boxing, there is the prospect of match-ups with Amanda Serrano – a planet champion in four bodyweight divisions – or a rematch with Jessica McCaskill, whom Taylor defeated 3 years ago, who now retains all the welterweight title belts immediately after possessing defeated winner Cecilia Braekhus nine times ago in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The battle with the Brazilian MMA star Santos, even so, could be uncomplicated to signal provided that promotionally, both of those Bellator and Matchroom Boxing equally have broadcast bargains with DAZN. Hearn told Telegraph Sport: “Katie wishes the major fights out there and we will get them all for her. She is a outstanding boxer and confirmed how excellent she is in this rematch.”
Brian Peters, Taylor’s prolonged phrase manager, said: “What we want is legacy fights now for Katie, and that signifies obtaining her in the ring with the most significant names from wherever in the battle sporting activities field – Cyborg, Holm, Nunes – an MMA/boxing crossover fight with is now feasible because there is a rising curiosity in women’s combating. We saw it with Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather and there is no explanation why Katie could not do a comparable point. There is mania for her in Ireland.”
In truth, there is respect universally for Taylor, and as opposed to the final result of the initial epic face with Persoon fourteen months ago, there ended up no recriminations this time from the policewoman – who remarkably returns to perform in distinctive weapons and practices teaching at residence in Flanders on Tuesday – with the Belgian admitting that Taylor “deserved” her victory, won by unanimous final decision 98-93, 96-94 and 96-94 on the playing cards, this time all over. “This time I respect the result,” explained Persoon. “She is specialized, she’s great and runs all-around. You have to harm her, usually she is away. This time, I did not have enough electrical power to damage her.”
Taylor, meanwhile, modest as always, and retaining an unbeaten 16-struggle document, admitted: “I do get caught up in brawl at situations, but the combat went as planned. I assumed I boxed a great deal smarter this time. I was dragged into a struggle at instances but, for the most component, I boxed a bit smarter. It was a far better effectiveness. She place up a excellent struggle. We have experienced two fights, put in 20 gruelling rounds, and it truly is wonderful to have that rivalry in women’s boxing. Now all I am intrigued in is the largest fights doable.”