MMA champion Cyborg could be next for Taylor after big victory
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.”