firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris McKenna)
Katie Taylor feels she got the reward for boxing “smarter” against Delfine Persoon but admits she still loves a tear up.
The Irishwoman retained her crown as the queen of the women’s lightweight division with a unanimous points win over the Belgian.
But Taylor had to dig deep against the relentless Persoon who tried to turn it into a slug fest.
“That’s the problem, I enjoy it a bit too much,” she said about getting into a battle.
“I was trying to be more disciplined, and for the most part I was.
“But it’s hard to box against someone like that because of how relentless she is.
“You have to get her respect by standing and fighting, which I did in some parts.
“Overall it was a great performance and a great victory.
“The fight went as planned. I thought I boxed a lot smarter this time.
“I was dragged into a fight at times but, for the most part, I boxed a bit smarter. It was a better performance.”
Taylor, who is now 16-0 as a professional, also edged out Persoon when they met in New York 14 months ago so the pair have now been through two thrilling fights together.
But it is unlikely there will be a trilogy with the Belgian admitting she is too small for lightweight and Taylor is keen to move on.
“It was always going to be that sort of fight,” Taylor said.
“It’s never going to be an easy fight against someone like that, who just comes and comes.
“She was relentless for 10 rounds and it’s hard to keep someone like that at long distance.
“I knew I would have to dig deep and fight.
“She put up a fantastic fight. We’ve had two fights, put in 20 gruelling rounds, and it’s great to have that rivalry in women’s boxing.”