Katie Taylor will defend her undisputed world lightweight titles in a hotly anticipated rematch against Delfine Persoon at Matchroom’s Fight Camp on August 22.
The fight will take place on the Dillian Whyte-Alexander Povetkin card, which is being held in the back garden of Eddie Hearn’s Brentwood mansion.
Taylor added Persoon’s WBC title to her WBA, IBF and WBO crowns at Madison Square Garden in June last year, a decision which incensed the Belgian.
Many ringside also felt the decision should have gone Persoon’s way, claims Taylor rejected after the fight.
With a high-profile showdown against Amanda Serrano falling through, Taylor was adamant she wanted the next best alternative and aims to prove once and for all that she is the premier 135lb fighter on the planet.
“With Amanda Serrano not taking the fight I wanted the biggest fight possible in August and I think a second Persoon fight is one that everyone wants to see,” said Taylor, who has won all 15 of her professional contests.
“I’ve been looking forward to a rematch ever since the first fight and I’m delighted it’s been made.
“It was definitely very close first time around, but I felt I deserved the win and I intend to leave no doubts in the rematch.”
The return fight will take place behind closed doors because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Persoon (44-2, 18KOs) is undaunted by the challenge, saying: “I am ready to get the victory following the injustice last June in New York, not by words but in the ring – I am ready!”
Since beating Persoon, Taylor has fought once, moving up to super-lightweight and becoming a two-weight world champion by outpointing Christina Linardatou for the WBO’s 140lb title.
And promoter Eddie Hearn is looking forward to seeing the Irish Olympic champion attempt to settle her rivalry with Persoon, saying: “Wow! What a fight – what a night! To be honest I can’t quite believe this fight has been made.
“I can’t give enough credit to Katie and Delfine for agreeing to do it again.
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“Since their epic fight of the year contender at MSG last year, everyone has wanted to see this once again and now we have it.
“I’m very proud to stage this fight especially at such a critical time for our sport – along with Whyte vs Povetkin, August 22 will be one not to forget.”
Hearn will stage five-bout fight nights across four consecutive Saturdays on his 15-acre piece of land in Essex as part of the Fight Camp initiative.
talkSPORT will mark the return of live boxing to the UK this Friday with a Fight Night special. Join Adam Catterall and Gareth A Davies from 10pm as they react to the night’s action, including the headline bout between Brad Foster and James Beech for the British and Commonwealth super-bantamweight titles.