Katie Taylor vs Delfine Persoon officially announced for Anthony Joshua undercard, June 1 in New York; Eddie Hearn details more plans

17 Apr

Katie Taylor will fight Delfine Persoon for the undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO lightweight world titles on Anthony Joshua’s undercard, June 1 in New York.

The 32-year-old will appear on the show alongside Callum Smith, Joshua Buatsi and Josh Kelly at Madison Square Garden.

Katie Taylor is currently in possession of three of the four major world titles

Taylor already held three of the lightweight belts and will now fight for the elusive final title to become undisputed ruler of her division.

The Ring Magazine crown will also be on the line – for only the second time in women’s boxing history.

“It’s great that she has finally signed for the fight and I’m delighted that Eddie has been able to make it,” Taylor said when the bout was announced.

“When I turned professional my first goal was to win a world title but then my next priority was to become undisputed champion so obviously this fight gives me the opportunity to do that so it’s massive for my career.

Katie Taylor wants to become undisputed champion in her 14th fight

“Women’s boxing is in such great place right now and these are the kind of super fights that will really take it to new heights.

“Persoon is recognised as one of the best in the world pound-for-pound and has been the WBC champ now for over five years so it’s the best against the best. Madison Square Garden seems like the perfect setting for a fight of this magnitude.”

Eddie Hearn told IFLTV that Tommy Coyle vs Chris Algieri will also be on the show, as well as Taylor, Smith, Buatsi and Kelly.