Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon came face to face at a press conference in Madison Square Garden, New York today ahead of their Undisputed fight at the venue this weekend.
Saturday night’s clash will see all the World Lightweight titles at stake as Taylor defends her WBA, IBF and WBO titles while Persoon will be looking to retain her WBC belt.
Taylor is unbeaten in 13 straight fights since turning pro in late 2016 while Persoon has bounced back from an early career defeat in 2010 to compile an impressive 43 an 1 record.
Speaking at today’s press conference Taylor told the assembled media, “I’m ready to make history and I’m ready to perform on Saturday night. This is what I’ve always wanted.
“This is champion against champion. This is best versus the best. This is not just what women’s boxing needs, but what men’s boxing needs. We’re both here to make history for our nations, as well.
“This is by far the biggest night of my career. It’s the pinnacle of boxing. To have all the belts, the Ring Magazine belt as well — this is what every fighter dreams of, really. I understand the size of this fight, the magnitude of this event, but this is why I box.
“I’m ready to make history. The support I’ve gotten over the last few years has been incredible. They’re all behind me, they’re all cheering me on. I hope I make everyone proud at home.
Persoon also sounded confident and ready ahead of Saturday’s bout with the Belgian declaring, “If I win the fight, I can be the first Belgian boxer to make history, to become undisputed champion, to take all the belts — the Ring Magazine belt. I want to do everything for it.
“We have already prepared for two months for this fight, my trainer has for two years looked for this fight. He thought we’d never get the chance. Now that I get the chance, we are ready. And yeah, we go for it.”
The fight is expected to take place at approximately 1am / 1:30am Irish / UK time on Sunday morning and will be live on Sky Sports while DAZN will stream the fight live in the US.