Of­fi­cial com­plaint is lodged

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT - BREN­DAN FUR­LONG Sports Re­porter

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.

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