An Athlete Like No Other. Born For Greatness. Battled For Respect.
Growing up, Katie Taylor was just like any other kid who had a passion for sport: she had a dream to become a champion. Where things differ, however, is that her dream was given to her by God. And football - the sport she was competing in at the time - wasn't actually the end goal.
The Boxing Ring Was Her Destiny. It Wasn't Prepared For Someone Like Her. But She Wasn't Prepared To Be Someone Else.
Katie Taylor has a mass of accolades associated to her name; she's both an Olympic and a Unified Female Lightweight World Champion, yet surprisingly, her biggest fight of all didn't actually involve hooks or uppercuts.
Taylor's boxing journey and her ultimate battle for respect began when she was just 10-years-old; training with her father (at a club with only male members), and fighting in comps under the pseudonym: Kay Taylor - a brave, ambitious boy from Bray.
"It didn’t seem too strange to me back then, in fact it felt very natural as I was brought up in a [male] boxing family. The biggest obstacle was that female boxing wasn't sactioned in Ireland, and therefore there was no platform for me to compete at. I spent so many years trying to break down prejudices and barriers to earn the right to be able to box" Katie told us in a recent interview.
And fight barriers she did. Taylor played a pivotal role in introducing female boxing to the London Olympics back in 2012. A bout which involved persuading the boxing authorities to legalise female sparring and then prompting the International Olympic Committee to actually take the sport seriously.
It was a pinnace moment when the motion was passed, not only for Taylor, but for the future of female boxing: "You get knocked down. You get back up. You embrace failure to keep fighting for a future that's fair."
Katie Taylor's rise since has been meteoric. She's captured the publics imagination like little else in recent memory. Backed by hordes of fans across the globe, the fighting pride of Ireland has gone from relative unknown to one of the most recognisable - and divisive - figures in sport culture.
So after an upbringing devoted to fulfilling her dream from God - without ever knowing whether she'd be able to compete as "female boxer: Katie Taylor" - to becoming the undisputed lightweight world champion, and one of seven boxers worldwide to hold all four major world titles, what could possibly be next for the sparring veteran?
What's Next For Katie Taylor?
A lightweight bout slated for 10 rounds, with every title, and every belt on the line.
"This is going to be one of Katie's most dangerous fights" - Joe Apsey, Gymshark Combat Sports Lead.
August 22nd will be a night worth pausing for. Swapping the fabled lights of Madison Square Garden, for Matchroom's backyard ring, Katie Taylor is putting all 4 of her world titles on the line in a rematch against Delfine Persoon.
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Katie Taylor's Next Fight...
Everything You Need To Know About Katie Taylor's Undisputed World Lightweight Title Fight Against Delfine Persoon.
"This rematch is a really important fight for me. The legacy I want to leave is not just for me, I want to leave the sport I love in a better place than I found it. I’m feeling confident, prepared and excited. There remains a fog of controversy over the last fight, but I'm ready to shine through the fog and let the world see clearly what I can do."
Katie Taylor Vs. Delfine Persoon.
When Is Katie Taylor Vs. Delfine Persoon?
Time: 7pm* BST / 2pm ET
*Fight Camp 4 will begin at 7pm BST, with the lightweight showdown expected to start no earlier than 9pm BST
Taylor Vs. Persoon Live Stream.
Where Is The Taylor Vs. Persoon Fight?
Venue: Matchroom HQ, Brentwood, Essex, UK
Katie Taylor Record
Name: Katie Taylor Nationality: IRE D.O.B: 02/07/86 Height: 5'5" Reach: 65 Stance: Orthodox Total Fights: 15 Record: 15-0, 6 KOs
Opponent: Delfine Persoon Record
Name: Delfine Persoon Nationality: BEL D.O.B: 14/01/85 Height: 5'9" Reach: N/A Stance: Orthodox Total Fights: 46 Record: 44-2, 18 KOs