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Katie Taylor plots rude awakening for Persoon

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

21:17 28 May 2019

At the end of this week, Katie Taylor faces the biggest fight of her pro career so far.

The Bray boxer will do battle against WBC lightweight world champion Delfine Persoon at Madison Square Gardens.

Belgian Persoon is a winner of 43 fights from 44 and has held her belt since 2014.

Taylor joined us on Off The Ball to look ahead to what promises to be a defining fight.

She believes Persoon underestimates her ability to fight on the inside.

"Even in the amateur days, people don't realise how strong I am," she said.

Shock

"People feel like they can bully me in the ring as well. And that's what this girl Delfine Persoon thinks she's going to do to me as well. I heard her talking a small bit about the fight and I think she feels she can bully me on June 1st.

"But people don't realise how strong I am and how comfortable I am close-up. People do get a shock when they're actually in there."

Delfine Persoon, Katie Taylor Delfine Persoon during the public work-out at the Brookfield Place, New York.

Taylor also shared her view on the debate of potentially extending rounds from two to three minutes.

"I think in the two minute round, the fights are very exciting and the rounds are very, very fast," she said.

"But it does make for different and exciting fights I think. I'm not sure if there's enough strength in depth in women's boxing.

"Obviously the top girls would be great in a three minute round. But I'm not sure if it would be right to move it to three minute rounds overall. But I'd be happy to do either one. I spar three minute rounds all the time."

You can listen to the full interview with Katie Taylor on the podcast player.

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