Katie Taylor makes history by unifying all four world lightweight titles

Katie Taylor makes history by unifying all four world lightweight titles

Katie Taylor made history by unifying all four world lightweight titles with a thrilling, points victory over Delfine Persoon at Madison Square Garden.

In her 14th fight as a professional, the Irish fighter added the WBC title to those she already held from the IBF, WBA and WBO to become only the seventh fighter of the four-belt era to become an undisputed world champion, as well as only the third woman.

Two judges scored the bout 96-94 in the 32-year-old’s favour, with the third making it 95-95 to leave the Belgian Persoon in tears and shaking her head as she left the arena.

“It was a very, very close fight,” Taylor said. “I felt like I won the earlier rounds and she came on strong at the end. But I feel like I did enough to win that fight. Persoon was a fantastic champion and she is very, very strong. 

“It all made for a fantastic showcase for women’s boxing. I knew this was going to be the biggest and hardest fight of my life. But I am great at digging deep. I am born for fights like these in the trenches. I worked so hard these past few months in training camp for this kind of fight. My coach is the mastermind behind this and I am so grateful.”

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