Boxing news: Katie Taylor sends Persoon threat after Volante win, Braekhus, Serrano update

Boxing news: Katie Taylor sends Persoon threat after Volante win, Braekhus, Serrano update

The Irish star was a class above as she earned a ninth-round stoppage of Rose Volante in Philadelphia at 135lbs.

Taylor – who is now 13-0, 6 KOs – took the WBO belt from Brazilian Volant and now has the WBA, IBF and WBO straps.

The only belt still to evade her is Persoon’s WBC title.

It has previously been suggested Taylor could have her undisputed title showdown on the same bill as Anthony Joshua’s title defence against Jarrell Miller in New York on June 1.

An unified lightweight champion Taylor seemed to suggest she’s keen to fight at Madison Square Garden after disposing of Volante.

She said in her post-fight interview in the ring: “Now we can start talking about that fight, Persoon. 

“That name’s been coming up over the last two years. 

“I’ve got the three belts, she’s got the WBC belt, so we have to get that fight on next.”

Taylor added to Sky Sports: “That’s the fight that people have talked about for over a year now. 

“I can start talking of that fight now. Define Person is next.”

Taylor could otherwise move up to 140lbs to take on welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus – one of just five female or male boxers in history to hold all four titles simultaneously. 

Braekhus is 35-0 and would be another step up altogether for Taylor, who could also go head-to-head with Amanda Serrano.

The Puerto Rican has won world titles in seven different weight classes and boasts a 35-1-1 record – her only loss coming back in April 2012 to Frida Wallberg.

But Bray-born Taylor wants Persoon first.

The 32-year-old added: “My goal is to become the undisputed [lightweight] champion first and foremost. 

“The fights with Amanda and Cecilia are a lot bigger when I have got the four belts. 

“So that fight with Persoon is a fantastic chance. She’s been a long-reigning champion for many years. That’s going to be a fantastic fight.”

And Taylor was pleased with her performance against Volante, having landed 51 per-cent of her power shots – connecting 142 times on 276 attempts.

She added: “I thought it was a great performance. Rose Volante is a very tough opponent. 

“I knew she was going to come here to fight. I think she got the best out of me here tonight. 

“Tonight we’ve definitely seen a great showcase for women’s boxing. [Volante] definitely had a bit of pop at the end of her punch.

“But I have a great chin and I can stand there and trade punches with anyone. I also have the power to hurt those girls.”

Published at Sat, 16 Mar 2019 04:13:00 +0000