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Katie Taylor becomes undisputed champion in epic scrap with Delfine Persoon

A bloodied and bruised Katie Taylor achieved her long-held goal of unifying the world lightweight championship with a wildly entertaining majority-decision win over Belgium’s Delfine Persoon at Madison Square Garden.

Taylor (14-0, 6 KOs), who entered with the WBA, WBO and IBF titles at 135lbs, survived her toughest moments as a professional to add Persoon’s WBC strap on the undercard of Saturday’s heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. Ringside judges John Poturaj and Allen Nace scored it 96-94 for Taylor while Don Trella scored it 95-95, as did the Guardian.

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