by Kris Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Undefeated Katie Taylor will defend her world titles against Belgium’s Delfine Persoon next Saturday on August 22nd in one of the biggest rematches in women’s boxing following Taylor’s disputed win in June 2020.
According to Eddie Hearn, Taylor indeed wants to fight anyone, the greater the challenge the better. In her career she has demonstrated this attitude taking on all comers whilst maintaining her perfect unbeaten record.
“She wants Persoon, she wants Amanda Serrano, she wants Cecilia Braekhus, she wants Cris Cyborg. I’m not saying she’s done after that, but that’s what motivates her,” claimed Eddie Hearn.
On the list is the former UFC MMA fighter and current Bellator women’s featherweight world champion Cris Cyborg. What is becoming more common to the mainstream masses is fighters crossing over to the other combat sports domain, more recently the high profile fight between Floyd Mayweather vs Connor McGreggor (in the boxing ring).
There are lists of boxers moving over to MMA with mixed results, including the likes of former WBO heavyweight champion Ray Mercer and former multi-weight champ and all time great James Toney. Whilst Mercer had more success than Toney’s one venture and humiliating loss, the assumption here is that Taylor would want this to be a boxing match opposed to venturing to the octagon to take on Cyborg in a fight using the use of legs as a form of striking.
Whilst these high profile fighters calling out others from opposing disciplines which is sometimes mouth watering (or not), what we must not forget is the tough assignment Taylor has in her rematch on the 22nd. I for one thought Persoon nicked the decision last year and wish both combatants the best of luck in a fight that is guaranteed to keep the boxing fans smiling.