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.”