MMA cham­pion Cy­borg could be next for Tay­lor af­ter big vic­tory

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Gareth A Davies The Daily Tele­graph

Katie Tay­lor proved beyond doubt that her box­ing skills were su­pe­rior to those of Delfine Per­soon in their re­match as the Ir­ish fighter re­tained the undis­puted world light­weight crown by an unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion over 10 tough rounds.

Tay­lor’s man­age­ment team and pro­moter Ed­die Hearn are now plan­ning box-of­fice con­tests with big names and could even bring glob­ally renowned mixed mar­tial arts fight­ers into play.

Cris Cy­borg, the Bel­la­tor MMA feath­er­weight cham­pion, Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm, both UFC fight­ers and cham­pi­ons, are on the wish­list, Tay­lor’s man­age­ment told

yes­ter­day. Within box­ing, there is the prospect of match-ups with Amanda Ser­rano – a world cham­pion in four weight divi­sions – or a re­match with Jes­sica McCaskill, whom Tay­lor beat three years ago. McCaskill now holds all the wel­ter­weight ti­tle belts af­ter hav­ing de­feated cham­pion Ce­cilia Braekhus nine days ago in Tulsa, Ok­la­homa.

A fight with the Amer­i­can-Brazil­ian MMA star Cy­borg, how­ever, could be easy to sign, given that both Bel­la­tor and Match­room Box­ing have broad­cast deals with DAZN. Hearn said: “Katie wants the big­gest fights out there and we will get them all for her. She is a bril­liant boxer and showed how great she is in this re­match.”

In­deed, there is uni­ver­sal re­spect for Tay­lor, and un­like the af­ter­math of the first epic en­counter with Per­soon 14 months ago, there were no re­crim­i­na­tions this time from the Bel­gian po­lice­woman – who re­turns to work in spe­cial weapons and tac­tics train­ing in Flan­ders to­mor­row. She ad­mit­ted that Tay­lor mer­ited the unan­i­mous 98-93, 96-94, 96-94 de­ci­sion.

“This time I re­spect the re­sult,” said Per­soon. “She is tech­ni­cal, she’s good and runs around. I didn’t have enough power to hurt her.”

Tay­lor, un­beaten in 16 fights, said: “It went as planned. I was dragged into a fight at times but, for the most part, I boxed a bit smarter. We’ve had 20 gru­elling rounds, and it’s great to have that ri­valry. Now all I’m in­ter­ested in is the big­gest fights pos­si­ble.”

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