The Bray boxer narrowly defeated Belgian Delfine Persoon a year ago

Katie Taylor. Image: Sportsfile

In the toughest fight of her pro career, Katie Taylor won against Delfine Persoon in New York’s Madison Square Garden in June 2019, becoming the undisputed lightweight champion of the world. Now she is set to defend her title in a rematch with opponent Persoon this Saturday in Essex, at Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom’s Fight Camp.

The fight is expected to start at 9pm, followed by a heavyweight bout between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin.

Katie is feeling confident ahead of the match, telling RTÉ that she plans to silence any doubters.

“The first fight was too close for my liking,” said Taylor.

“It has been hanging over my head over the last year, so I was delighted when the rematch was nailed down.

“I’m looking forward to putting on a more dominant performance on August 22nd and shutting up everyone that has criticised me over the last year. 

“I did watch the fight back and it was obviously a very close fight. That’s why there is a rematch.

“I definitely couldn’t have given her more than five rounds, so for people to say it was a disgraceful decision or it was a robbery, is a disgrace in itself. I felt like I deserved to win the fight even though it was very close.” 

“I think I’m going to be a completely different fighter,” said Taylor.