Saturday 18 January 2020

Persoon complaint

Katie Taylor (right) in action against Delfine Persoon. Photo: Sportsfile
Katie Taylor (right) in action against Delfine Persoon. Photo: Sportsfile

Delfine Persoon has confirmed she will lodge an official complaint with boxing authorities following her controversial defeat to Katie Taylor in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

The Belgian was adjudged to go down 95-95, 96-94, 96-94 against Irish woman Taylor following an enthralling contest but many commentators suggest victory should have went to Persoon.

But it's Taylor who is the undisputed four-belt world champion in the lightweight division as Persoon suffered her second-ever professional defeat.

Carl Frampton was among several respected commentators to suggest the judges got it wrong.

David Haye went further, stating Taylor secured the victory as a result of "political power".

"In my opinion, the judges have got it wrong," said Frampton.

"It is heartbreaking to see Delfine Persoon in tears. I thought she won that fight by miles and that was a disgraceful decision."

Ireland's Dennis Hogan recently lost his appeal against the judges' decision which handed the WBO super welterweight world title to the defending title holder Jaime Munguia in Monterrey, Mexico on April 13.

That decision was a huge embarrassment to the World Boxing Organisation, as five independent judges appointed by the organisation re-scored the contest a draw.

Taylor spent Sunday in New York toasting her historic victory yet her promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed she questioned the validity of her win.

With all the belts now in her possession, Katie posed with her mother and family in New York, with the facial damage inflicted during a brutal battle with Persoon still in evidence.

Promoter Hearn revealed Taylor had questions about the verdict, even though she suggested she felt she had done enough to win a fight that was the toughest of her professional journey so far.

"Katie Taylor is just an incredible competitor," Hearn said. "She asked me whether people think Persoon won that fight. I told her that most people had it as a draw and a lot of people had Persoon winning.

"It was a great fight for women's boxing and the atmosphere was amazing, but she said that if there is any doubt over the result, then we have got to do it again."

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