Taylor unified the IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO lightweight titles last year in New York by winning a majority decision against Persoon, who stormed out of the ring and still disagrees with the judges’ verdict. Their anticipated rematch is on August 22, live on Sky Sports Box Office, to conclude Fight Camp alongside Dillian Whyte’s heavyweight battle with Alexander Povetkin.
If we had rounds of three minutes it would be better for me, Persoon told Sky Sports. I know she wouldn’t box with me for three minutes. She will run. In the first fight there was a lot of holding, holding, holding. In another country they would tell you: ‘Don’t hold’ then take away a point. But they never spoke about her holding me.
In the fourth round her trainer said: ‘Grab her arms!’ Is she going to run and grab me? For the people, that is not a good fight. Ten rounds of running with one or two punches is not a fight that people want to see. Take the first punch, answer, jab, come in, go out. Katie throws one shot, runs away, then grabs.
I hope she wants a nice fight – two boxers to go for it, and the best boxer wins. Let’s show that two women can have a spectacular fight. But I don’t think she will.
Persoon insists she could knock out the undefeated Taylor: Everything is possible. One good shot, one good punch on the chin? For both boxers everything is possible. Belgium’s Persoon was the WBC champion entering her first fight with Taylor last year and remains frustrated by the result.
The first fight? We think we won, Persoon said. Look at who worked the most. Look at the last moment of every round. Look at the beginning of the fight one round for her, one for me, not all of the rounds were hers.