Class gesture from Delfine Persoon to Katie Taylor after tense face-off

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Belgian boxer Persoon was deeply upset at the announcement of the result, wagging her finger and looking in disbelief. "This is why I box, these are the fights that I always wanted and I'm ready to make history".

I'm definitely the superior boxer and I should've boxed on the outside a bit more. I have been in high-pressure fights and in big occasions. Her Belgian opponent is no slouch, recording 43 victories and just one defeat, but it is Taylor who has done most to advance women's boxing since turning professional after that quarter-final defeat in Rio. I won't react to anything she says.

When Katie Taylor dreamed of becoming world lightweight champion, it is doubtful that people would have had been shouting "robbery" as she had the championship belts wrapped around her. Taylor won the final part of the title with a narrow majority points decision over Delfine Persoon, who walked out of ring in tears moments after the decision was announced.

In Taylor's last fight, she stopped the undefeated then IBF champion Rose Volante in the ninth round where a headbutt broke her nose and she chose not to continue. I can't wait. I want to pull out the performance of a lifetime. "She'll bring the best out of me as I have the utmost respect for her and we're going to lay it all on the line".

"It was a very, very close fight but I definitely felt like I did enough".

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She claimed five world championship golds at amateur level from 2006 to 2014, as well as a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London. This will be her tenth title defense. She became able to measure Persoon's awkward lunges and land counter-punches.

But now, she takes on this monumental unification challenge against 32-year-old Taylor in NY, which will define the world's best fighter in the 135-pound division.

In two and a half years, she's fought 14 times in the professional game, she's won 14 fights and she's taken four belts - all four belts. "Hopefully, she gets the win". Our prediction: Taylor has more power, more versatility, and is far more aggressive.

"I think it would be better than winning Olympic gold", Taylor told ESPN. Unless she makes a reckless mistake, she should take all of the belts home to Ireland. One way or another, it will be a momentous night for women's boxing, and Ring Magazine, the Bible of Boxing, has created a belt for the victor.

A party to mark his retirement had been planned for months and as he has a twin brother it was chose to go ahead with the celebration despite Delfine's date with sporting destiny in the MSG on the previous night.