WBA, WBO and IBF Lightweight Champion Katie Taylor (14-0, 6 KOs) became the undisputed Lightweight champion by defeating Defline Persoon (43-2, 18 KOs) of West-Vlaanderen, Belgium in a 12-round fight.
Taylor captured the WBC Lightweight strap with this victory.
Taylor, who is from Bray, Ireland, won with scores of 95-95, 96-94 and 96-94 in what ended up being her toughest fight to date. Taylor took an early lead, but Persoon’s aggression got the best of her in the later rounds.
“It was a very, very close fight,” said Katie Taylor. “I thought I definitely won the early rounds, and then she came on very strong in the end, but I felt I did enough at the start of the fight to win.”
“It was very, very close. I knew it was going to be that kind of a fight. Persoon is a great champion and a fantastic champion. We’ve seen here today that it was a fantastic showcase for women’s boxing.”
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