Katie Taylor: Promoter Eddie Hearn says undisputed champion will relish Persoon rematch

Katie Taylor's promoter Eddie Hearn believes the Irishwoman will be determined for a rematch with Delfine Persoon to "set the record straight". BBC NEWS
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Taylor became the undisputed lightweight world champion with a narrow points win at New York’s Madison Square Garden, but many at ringside believed Persoon did enough to win.

“I’d like to see it again,” said Hearn.

“Knowing Katie Taylor, if there is anyone who thinks she lost that fight, she will want to do it again.

After a captivating contest, the judges’ cards read 95-95 96-94 96-94 in favour of Taylor, who added Persoon’s WBC belt to her WBA, WBO and IBF titles.

Belgian Persoon, who held the belt since 2014, left the ring in floods of tears having felt she had emerged victorious from the 10 round contest.

“Katie is bashed up, she has four gashes in her head, her eyes are cut and she is exhausted,” said Hearn, who added that he had scored the fight narrowly in favor of Taylor.

“I know when the dust settles, if there is any controversy, she will want to do this again to set the record straight.

“It was one of the best women’s fights I have ever seen, this was the elite level.”

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