Katie Taylor added the WBO lightweight belt to her WBA and IBF titles in Philadelphia in the early hours of Saturday morning with a dominant performance and ninth round stoppage over the previously unbeaten Brazilian Rose Volante. After another authoritative victory, Taylor is one triumph away from her 2019 goal of unifying the women’s 135lbs division.
Indeed, the 2012 Olympic Games gold medalist, moved with alacrity to call out Belgium’s Delfine Persoon, the former kickboxer who holds the WBC’s bauble at lightweight. There is also the prospect this year of moving up twelve pounds to welterweight, to face Cecelia Braekhus, the women’s world No 1 in that division who recently retired undefeated after 35 contests, and a match up with Amanda Serrano, the seven-weight women’s champion. Both would be super-fights in the sports.
But first, the dream of becoming undisputed lightweight queen adorns Taylor’s mind. “Now we can start talking about that fight with Persoon,” said Taylor. “That name’s been coming up over the last two years. I’ve got the three belts, she’s got the WBC belt, so we have to get that fight on next.”
The Irish boxer would be prepared to go straight into camp and face Persoon on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight world title defence against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden, New York, on June 1.