Irish boxer Katie Taylor has outlined that unifying the lightweight division would be an even bigger achievement than her Olympic gold medal in 2012 as she stands on the brink of history.
Taylor will face off against Belgian Delfine Persoon in Madison Square Garden on Saturday as she looks to win the WBA lightweight crown and become the first ever Irish person to hold four belts in the same division.
Victory would be an incredible achievement for Taylor who is widely regarded as one of the greatest sportspeople to come out of Ireland, with her decorated amateur career also seeing her win an Olympic gold medal in London 2012.
Taylor though admitted that if she is able to defeat Persoon, who hasn’t lost a bout in nine years, then her history-making achievement would pass her Olympic victory.
“This is a fight I have always wanted,” Taylor told Sky Sports.
“To be fighting for the undisputed title in Madison Square Garden is absolutely phenomenal really.
“This journey has been incredible over the last few years and hopefully I will perform well on June 1.
“I cannot wait to write my name in the history books. Ever since I did turn pro, I wanted to become the undisputed champion, I wanted to make history in this sport and I am so close to it now.
“Delfine Persoon is a fantastic champion.
“She has been a champion for numerous years now – a long-reigning champion. I think she has had 43 wins and one loss so she is an outstanding champion.
“That is why I have prepared so hard for this fight. I am expecting my toughest fight to date but I am ready for this challenge and I am ready to perform brilliantly on Saturday night.
“This is the pinnacle of the sport really – to become the undisputed champion of the world is the pinnacle of boxing.
“This would be the biggest night of my career so far. The Olympics in 2012 was absolutely outstanding but I think this night would even pass that out. This is definitely the biggest night of career and I can’t wait for it.”
The Bray boxer‘s title bout is scheduled to take place on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defence against Andy Ruiz, and victory would represent the pinnacle of Taylor’s unprecedented rise in the sport.
Taylor turned pro less than three years ago and only won her first world title in October of 2017, but certainly hasn’t looked back since.