SAN DIEGO, Calif. – June 1, 2019 – Katie Taylor of Ireland (14-0, 7 KOs) got all she could handle from veteran Delfine Persoon (43-2, 18 KOs) of Belgium over ten rough and tumble rounds in the best women’s bout so far in 2019. Observers expected to hear the scorecards read for the veteran Persoon, but it was Taylor who got the call on the cards. Scores were 96-94 X 2 and 95-95. Taylor is now the undisputed women’s IBF, WBA, WBC, WBO, and Ring Magazine lightweight champion.
“It was a very very close fight,” said Taylor. “I thought I definitely won the early rounds, I felt I did enough to win. I knew it would be that kind of a fight.
‘Hardest fight of my career’
“I knew it was going to be the hardest fight of my career. I’m used to digging deep, I’m born for fights like this,” said Taylor, who credited her training and preparation for pulling out the victory.
Taylor and Persoon put on exactly the kind of fight both expected, a thrilling all action performance from both. In only her second fight outside of Belgium, Persoon got right down to business, avoiding her tendency to throw away early rounds. She used her slight height and reach advantage to put plenty of leather on Taylor.
Persoon isn’t the most powerful puncher; she fights rough and builds her case in layers. Persoon was the busier fighter, and never let up on Taylor.
Taylor is smooth, skilled, and has knockout potential. But she was lured into Persoon’s type of fight. She suffered a cut to the top of the head midway through the bout. Her trainer Ross Enamait told the 2012 Olympic gold medalist to stop banging with Persoon on the inside.
“That’s my problem sometimes, I like to fight too much” admitted Taylor. “I probably should have boxed on the outside a bit more.”
Taylor landed clean left hooks on Persoon, who showed a good chin and weathered the worst of it. Both women emptied their gas tanks and were visibly exhausted by the end of ten exciting rounds.
Taylor says she’s open to a rematch with Persoon
Waiting for the cards, the body language in Persoon’s corner depicted the winner, while Taylor looked as if she was dreading the outcome. As the result was announced, a dejected Persoon left the ring, fighting off tears as she went back to her dressing room.
CompuBox stats show Persoon landing more punches overall, 116 of 586 thrown (20 percent) against 103 of 410 for Taylor (25 percent). Taylor edged Persoon in power punches, 93 of 320 (29 percent) to 83 o f 360 (23 percent) for Persoon.
Given the outcome, a rematch seems in order. Taylor said she was open to it. “I’m definitely happy to give Define a rematch if she wants, but there are other big fights out there,” naming Amanda Serrano as a potential opponent.
Persoon may have lost the fight, but the little known Belgian boxer and fulltime police officer put herself on the map with boxing fans around the world. Many of them agree with Persoon on the outcome, and would like to see her get another chance against Taylor.
Additional undercard results from Madison Square Garden
Chris Algieri of New York (24-3, 9 KOs) took out Tommy Coyle of England (25-5, 12 KOs) in eight rounds, winning the WBO International Super Lightweight title. Algieri fought an aggressive, effective fight, using a wide variety of punches behind his excellent jab. Algieri found success with his body work, dropping Coyle in the fourth round from a right hook. Coyle never truly recovered as Algieri kept reminding him how much those body shots hurt, forcing Coyle to cover the body and leaving his head open. Algieri loaded up on Coyle in the eighth round, and while Coyle didn’t get knocked down, he was done and ended the fight in the corner. Algieri is now likely to be the mandatory challenge for Maurice Hooker of Houston.
Buatsi blasts Periban in four rounds
Joshua Buatsi of England (11-0, 9 KOs) made quick work of Marco Antonio Periban of Mexico (25-5-1, 16 KOs) in his U.S. debut. Buatsi landed shots at win for four hard rounds before referee Tony Chiarantano stopped the bout at 1:39 of the fourth round. wins the WBA International Light Heavyweight title. Buatsi hopes to get a fight against countryman Anthony Yarde in the near future. Yarde is the mandatory challenger for Sergey Kovalev, but their planned fight in late June appears to be off due to financial problems. So why not hold a UK grudge match instead?
Disappointing draw between Kelly and Robinson
Josh Kelly of England (9-0-1, 6 KOs) and Ray Robinson of Philadelphia (24-3-2, 12 KOs) played slap and tickle for 10 rounds with Kelly’s WBA International Welterweight at stake. It went back home with Kelly after a majority draw, with two cards even and the third at 96-94 for Robinson. Robinson held previously undefeated Egidijus Kavaliauskas to a draw in March. It was a hard fight to watch with neither man managing to make his case. Kelly spent too much time showboating, while Robinson could have worked behind more punches to turn the fight his way.
“Ammo” Williams enjoys flashy MSG debut
Middleweight Austin “Ammo” Williams of Houston (2-0, 2 KOs) is two for two in his young career, getting his second first round knockout win over Quadeer Jenkins of New Jersey (0-2). Williams, a flashy and confident 23 year old, has plenty of power and he put it to works against Jenkins. Jenkins did what he could, and opened a cut over the left eye of Williams. It put a little more urgency into Williams, and as he unloaded on Jenkins, referee Tony Chiarantano waved it off at 2:14 of the round. Keep your eye on this charismatic athlete.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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