Katie Taylor
Taylor was awarded a controversial points victory when the pair met in a thrilling 10-round contest last year

Undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor will meet Delfine Persoon in a rematch on 22 August.

The bout will take place 14 months after Ireland’s Taylor claimed all four of the division’s belts with a controversial victory over the Belgian in New York.

Part of promoter Eddie Hearn’s ‘Matchroom Fight Camp’, the contest will be held behind closed doors and act as chief support to the interim WBC world heavyweight meeting between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin.

Ireland’s Taylor, 33, had hoped to face seven-weight world champion Amanda Serrano on her return to the ring.

The pair were originally set to meet on 2 May, but could not agree terms to fight on the August date, and so Taylor’s attentions returned to Persoon.

Undefeated Taylor clinched a highly controversial points win when the two met in a thrilling contest last June, with Persoon and many at ringside convinced that she had won the fight.

It was a bout that saw Taylor unify the lightweight division as she condemned Persoon to just a second defeat in 45 professional fights.

Since turning professional after the 2016 Olympics, Taylor has garnered a reputation as one of the most fearsome pound-for-pound fighters in women’s boxing.

The contest with Persoon was, by a distance, her toughest challenge to date.


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