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Next mission: Katie Taylor
Next mission: Katie Taylor

By Phil Medlicott

Katie Taylor wants to fight Delfine Persoon again next summer and deliver a performance that will "shut everyone up" as she continues in her aim to be known as the best ever.

Taylor became undisputed lightweight champion in June when she beat Belgium's Persoon at Madison Square Garden, claiming the WBC belt to add to the WBA, IBF and WBO ones already in her possession.

The 33-year-old Irishwoman won via a majority decision with the scores 95-95, 96-94 and 96-94, and there was some controversy surrounding the result.

Some observers questioned the decision, and Persoon said she felt she had not lost and would be making a complaint.

Taylor will bid to become a two-weight world champion on November 2 when she faces WBO super-lightweight title-holder Christina Linardatou in Manchester, and hopes to follow that next year with a return to lightweight - where she says there is "a lot of unfinished business" - to face Puerto Rico's Amanda Serrano and then Persoon.

Taylor said: "First I have to overcome Christina Linardatou, and once I do that I hope to have Amanda Serrano next and the Persoon rematch in the summer.

"(The Persoon fight) was a touch-and-go fight, an all-out war really for 10 rounds, probably one of the most exciting fights I've ever been involved in.

"It's every fighter's dream to become the undisputed champion, that is the pinnacle.

"To call the fight a robbery is an absolute disgrace. I am well aware it was a very close fight and that is why it is a fight that deserves a rematch as well.

"I'm not one for ducking or diving any challenge. I love the big fights and can't wait for that rematch, to set the story straight.

"I look forward to beating her a lot more convincingly, to shut everyone up basically."

Taylor's clash with Greece's Linardatou headlines a Manchester Arena bill that also features what is set to be the last bout of local boy and former WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla's career, against a yet-to-be-announced opponent, and Joshua Buatsi fighting Australian Blake Caparello.

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