Katie Taylor and More

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Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon 2 and More Fight News


By Uppercut Staff

Undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor clashes with Delfine Persoon for the second time in 14 months.

Taylor (15-0, 6 KOs) meets Persoon (44-2, 18 KOs) on Saturday Aug. 22, at Fight Camp in London, England for not just the WBA, WBO, IBF, WBC and WBO titles, but for recognition as one of the best female fighters pound for pound. DAZN will stream the entire fight card.

The last time both fighters met they engaged in one of the fiercest battles ever seen in women’s boxing last June 2019. After 10 turbulent rounds that saw both look like they had been beaten with a bat, the judges ruled a split decision victory for Ireland’s Taylor.

An explosion of discontent emanated from not just Persoon but viewers across the world who watched the world title fight that took place in New York City. Many felt Persoon had done enough to win the fight. Others were certain Taylor was the victor.

They are doing it again.

“I wanted this rematch. At the end of the day, I want to be involved in the biggest fights and the fights that people are interested in,” said Taylor, 34. “I’m more than a ready to put on a dominant performance.”

One special side note is that PED tests taken before that fight were never released. Also, suspicion of juicing on Persoon’s part emerged and when checking her history of testing, it was found that despite testing ordered by the WBC, the fighter from Belgium was not tested for her fight against Melissa St. Vil when they fought in March 2019.

Those revelations point toward even more suspicion that Persoon’s performance against Taylor was due to juicing.

Neither the WBC or New York State Athletic Commission revealed the test results of Persoon or Taylor when they fought last year.

VADA has been contracted to perform random testing for this rematch.



Last week Jessica McCaskill defeated Cecilia Braekhus in one of the great upsets of the last 10 years.

The Chicago-based McCaskill was moving up a weight division to challenge Norway’s Braekhus who agreed to drop down in weight to 145 pounds. The weight loss might have been the cause of the loss.

McCaskill used her aggressive approach to nullify the longer reach of Braekhus and made the welterweight match a brawling affair. Though shorter in height she used uppercuts and slipped under the counters to score enough rounds to topple the long reign of the champion.

Braekhus had held the title for more than 11 years and 25 consecutive title defenses. All that was snapped by the super lightweight world champion McCaskill who now becomes the undisputed welterweight world champion.



Las Vegas

Top Rank features former world champions in battle on ESPN.

Former light heavyweight titlist Eleider Alvarez (25-1, 13 KOs) meets Joe Smith (25-3, 20 KOs) in the main event on Saturday Aug. 22, at the MGM Grand Bubble in Las Vegas.

Also, former middleweight titlist Rob Brant (25-2, 17 KOs) meets Vitali Kopylenko (28-2, 16 KOs) in the co-main event on the Top Rank card.

Undefeated super lightweights also clash when Julian Rodriguez (19-0) and Anthony Laureano (13-0) meet to see who’s undefeated record bites the dust.

Los Angeles

Former welterweight titlist Shawn Porter ( 30-3-1, 17 KOs) vs Sebastian Formella (22-0, 10 KOs) on Saturday Aug. 22, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. It will be shown on FOX television.

A PBC on FOX card pits Josec Ruiz (21-3-3) and Justin Pauldo (13-1) in a super lightweight main event on Saturday Aug. 22, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.