Katie Taylor will look to achieve the status of an undisputed champion tonight when she takes on Belgium’s Delphine Persoon in Madison Square Garden.
Katie Taylor’s rise into the overall pound-for-pound discussion within the boxing world was something that could have been seen from a mile off.
As one of the finest amateur boxers the country has ever known, Taylor’s assault on the professional game has come as no surprise considering her outstanding technical abilities and supreme athleticism.
Now, just thirteen fights into her pro-career, Taylor will attempt to unify all lightweight titles by taking out the WBO champ Delphine Persoon in Madison Square Garden tonight.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of what should be an incredible showcase.
How do I watch?
The event, which features the heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz as its main-attraction, can be purchased via Sky Box Office.
What time is the fight on?
Katie will likely make her walk to the ring at some point between 2-2:30 am Irish/UK time.
So what’s the big deal?
Taylor’s status as one of the world’s best female boxers has been beyond any doubt for quite some time, but as of right now, she has yet to capture the WBC lightweight title.
With the WBO, WBA, and IBF championship belts in her possession already, the acquisition of the WBC and the inaugural The Ring title that would come with it would make Taylor the undisputed world champion within the weight-class.
It’s an honour and a feat that many of the world’s pound-for-pound fighters cannot themselves accomplishment – one that Katie herself has said will top her Olympic achievements.
So who is she fighting?
Katie will take on Delphine Persoon in a fight that should be the toughest of her career to date.
Toughest? Why so?
Persoon is a 44-fight veteran who has lost just over the course of her ten-year career.
With proven power as evidenced by her 18 victories by KO/TKO, Persoon has all of the experience and skill necessary to cause the upset.
As a winner in every sense of the word, from the looks of things, it doesn’t appear as though she is intimidated in the slightest by the waves of hype brought about by the Bray-native in her quest for glory.
So what do the bookies think?
As good as Persoon is, the bookmakers are seeing anything other than a Taylor victory as a massive upset.
With Katie listed as a 1/20 favourite, seeing a fighter with a pro-record of 44-1 given odds as long as 9/1 is something of a shock (via Paddy Power).
Of course, it’s a testament to Taylor’s complete and utter dominance in the sport, make no mistake.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena