Katie Taylor insists ‘best is yet to come’


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Katie Taylor believes she’s got more to offer as the dust settles on her controversial win over Delphine Persoon in New York.

The former Olympic champion took her professional record to an unbeaten 14 wins as she earned a split-decision points victory over the Belgian in Madison Square Garden.

Many pundits felt the fight should have been called a draw, but it was Taylor that emerged as the undisputed lightweight champion, adding Persoon’s WBC crown and the Ring Magazine belt to her WBA, WBO and IBF titles. Taylor felt the bout with Persoon was a standout in boxing so far in 2019.

“It was fight of the year contender, male or female, I think that it’s incredible, what a brilliant showcase for women’s boxing, I knew it was going to be the toughest fight of my career, I was prepared for that, it’s great to come out of it victorious,” she said.

“The best is yet to come. There are still some big fights out there for me. I’m 14-0 now as a pro. I’ve got five belts including the Ring Magazine belt which is incredible.”

Taylor insists a rematch with Persoon will happen in the future but her next opponent is expected to be Amanda Serrano, with her manager Brian Peters confirming that bout has already been lined up for the autumn. For now, Taylor remains content to reflect on her latest achievement.

“It’s more than a dream really. Ever since I turned pro it was always a dream to become the undisputed champion and here I am now, the undisputed champion and it’s incredible,” she added.

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