Official complaint is lodged
DELFINE PERSOON’S camp has lodged a formal letter of complaint with the World Boxing Council (WBC) following her controversial defet to Katie Taylor in their World Title fight.
The letter has been lodged by her manager/ promoter/trainer Filiep Tampere, in which he labels the decision as ‘scandalous’ and ‘a shame for the sport’.
Taylor made history at Madison Square Garden as she unified all four world lightweight titles, with a hard-fought win over the Belgian. The judges awarded the victory to Taylor, with the scorecards reading 95-95, 9694 and 96-94, from the three ringside judges.
Persoon left the ring in anger afgter the Bray woman’s hand was raised at the end of a ferocious battle, which saw the Belgian end the fight with a storming final round, but Taylor had taken the first six round of a torrid contest.
However, it was the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist who prevailed, chalking up the 14th straight victory in her professional career. Her next step may be a rematch with Persoon, who undoubtedly provided the gretest test of the 32-year-old’s time in the paid ranks.
Taylor started well and used the customary hand speed to connect with the experienced Persoon, who was more than willing to come forward and trade leather with the Bray native.
By the third round, however, the awkward Persoon was taking control of the ring for long periods of the two-minute round. A shoulder from Persoon and a shot after the bell were attempts to ruffle Taylor but it was the Belgian who was cut under the eye.
She would develop another large bum over her left eye, while Taylor suffered a cut to her head after one of the many head clashes throughout a scruffy fight with lots of clinches.
Taylor, the more accomplished boxer, found herselft getting drawn into a scrap in the fifth round, resorting to Ali-syle rope-a-dope and gesturing towards the game Persoon to keep coming.
All three judges gave Persoon at least two of the last four rounds, but the ninth round may have been the crucial one as Taylor rocked Persoon early in the round with some jabs.
However it was Taylor who survived the tenth round to lift the title.
When Taylor announced at her Bray homecoming on Friday night she would welcome a rematch her gesture was greeted with cheers with her followers in no doubt she would come out with a repeat victory.
Katie Taylor grabs a quick selfie during her homecoming in Bray last weekend.