Katie Taylor is readying herself to make history, in the most important fight of her career on June 1st. The Bray native is set to fight on the Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr. undercard in New York.
The WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight champion is looking to secure the WBC title on Saturday and unify the division.
Standing in her way is current WBC champion Delfine Persoon. With a record of 43-1-0, Persoon will prove a stern test but one that Taylor (13-0-0) is relishing.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Taylor put this lofty step in her career into perspective.
“This is a fight that I’ve always wanted. To be fighting for the undisputed title in Madison Square Garden is absolutely phenomenal really. This journey has been incredible over the last few years. I just want to perform well on June 1st.”
When it came to her opponent, an always humble Taylor was nothing but complimentary.
“Delfine Persoon has been a fantastic champion, a long-reigning champion. I think she’s had 44 fights, 43 wins and one loss. I’m expecting my toughest fight.”
If Taylor is successful this weekend it would secure her as one of the pound-for-pound best that boxing has to offer. With a plethora of accolades garnered throughout her career, unifying the division would be her greatest achievement so far.
“I can’t wait to write my name in the history books. This is the fight that I’ve wanted since I turned pro, to become the undisputed champion.”
“I wanted to make history. The Olympics in 2012 was absolutely outstanding, but I think this night would even pass that one out as well.
So this is definitely the biggest night of my career. I can’t wait for it. To become the undisputed champion is the pinnacle of boxing. I feel that this is only the start of big things for me.”
One of the biggest things Katie has done is bring eyes to women’s boxing. Since she turned professional she has seen a huge shift of interest from young girls toward boxing.
“When I started boxing as a ten-yer-old there was no women’s boxing in the country, but if you see every single boxing club in the country is packed with female boxers now which is probably the most satisfying thing about it. That definitely make me very, very proud.”
To get you even more in the mood for this fight, why not take a look back at Taylor’s last performance. Fighting Rose Volante, Taylor was her usual clinical self, in a bout that earned her this upcoming shot at history.
Katie takes on Persoon on June 1st on Sky Sports Box Office Channel 491 from 10pm.