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Katie Taylor Becomes Undisputed Lightweight World Champion

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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.

The fight took place at Madison Square Garden and was streamed live on DAZN in the U.S. on the undercard of the mega fight between Anthony Joshua and Anthony Ruiz Jr.

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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ADDITIONAL RESULTS:

Chris Algieri (24-3, 9 KOs) of Huntington, New York defeated Tommy Coyle (25-5, 12 KOs) of Yorkshire, U.K in the eighth round of a 12-round Super Lightweight fight. The referee stopped the fight at the end of the eighth round per the advice from Coyle’s corner.

Josh Kelly (9-0-1, 6 KOs) of Tyne and Wear, U.K. and Ray Robinson (24-3-2, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania fought to a 10-round draw in the Welterweight division. The judges gave scores of 96-94, 95-95 and 95-95, resulting in a majority draw.

Joshua Buatsi (11-0, 9 KOs) of Accra, Ghana scored a fourth-round TKO victory against Marco Antonio Periban (25-5-1, 16 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a 10-round Light Heavyweight fight. The fight was stopped at 1:39 of the aforementioned round.

Austin Williams (2-0, 2 KOs) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin defeated Quadeer Jenkins (0-2) of Trenton, New Jersey via first-round TKO in a scheduled four-round Middleweight fight. Williams ended matters at 2:14 of the round just mentioned.

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