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Credit to Katie Taylor for agreeing a rematch with rival Delphine Persoon

Carl Frampton


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Katie Taylor’s win over Delfine Persoon in June last year was regarded as contentious (Nick Potts/PA)

Katie Taylor’s win over Delfine Persoon in June last year was regarded as contentious (Nick Potts/PA)

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Katie Taylor’s win over Delfine Persoon in June last year was regarded as contentious (Nick Potts/PA)

Sitting at ringside in New York, I was convinced that Katie Taylor had lost in an epic battle with Delfine Persoon, but next month she can make a big statement by winning convincingly in their rematch.

I was surprised that Katie and her team agreed to another war with Persoon because the first bout at Madison Square Garden last June was such a brutal fight. So full credit to Katie for going for the fight because a lot of fighters would have been happy to get the win and move on, never seeing Persoon again.

Also, it's obvious in these days of behind-closed-doors bouts that top fighters are not going for risky 50-50 clashes, it's more like 80-20 or 70-30 because there are no fans and it just makes sense to wait for the crowds to return for the huge clashes. So that's another reason to give credit to both girls for signing up to one of the biggest fights of the summer.