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Katie Taylor unifies lightweight titles with ninth-round TKO of Rose Volante – live!

  • Taylor stops Volante to unify IBF, WBA and WBO titles
  • Bray fighter wants WBC champion Delfine Persoon next

Taylor, who now holds the IBF, WBA and WBO titles at 135lbs, is one step away from her long-held goal of unifying the lightweight championship. Belgium’s Delfine Persoon, the former kickboxer who holds the WBC strap, is all that stands in her way. Says Taylor: “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.”

When ask if she’d prefer Persoon over the prospect of moving up to 140lbs for a potentially more lucrative meet-in-the-middle showdown with Norway’s Cecilia Brækhus, the longtime undisputed champion at 147lbs regarded for much of the decade as the pound-for-pound world No 1, or a grudge match with the outspoken Puerto Rican six-division champion Amanda Serrano, Taylor is to the point: “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.”

An excellent showing by Taylor, who landed 142 of 276 power shots (51%) compared to 78 of 308 for Volante (25%). “I thought it was a great performance,” Taylor says. “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.”

Taylor adds: “[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.”

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