Katie Taylor insists she is not “ducking” Delfine Persoon and intends to “shut everyone up” by defeating the Belgian once again in a rematch next summer.
Taylor will bid to become a two-weight world champion on November 2 when she faces WBO super-lightweight title-holder Christina Linardatou in Manchester.
The Irish star became undisputed lightweight champion in June when she beat Persoon at Madison Square Garden, via a majority decision with the scores 95-95, 96-94 and 96-94, but there was some controversy surrounding the result.
Taylor admits Persoon deserves a rematch, but her immediate focus is on defeating Linardatou and then she would like to face Puerto Rico’s Amanda Serrano.
“First I have to overcome Christina Linardatou, and once I do that I hope to have Amanda Serrano next and then the Persoon rematch in the summer sometime. That would be my ideal path,” Taylor said.
“[The Persoon fight] was a touch-and-go fight, an all-out war really for 10 rounds, probably one of the most exciting fights I’ve ever been involved in, probably a bit too exciting for my liking!
“It’s every fighter’s dream to become the undisputed champion, that is the pinnacle of the sport right there, so I was very, very excited.
“To call the fight a robbery is an absolute disgrace in itself really. I am well aware it was a very close fight and that is why it is a fight that deserves a rematch as well.
“I’m not one for ducking or diving any challenge, I think my career has shown that so far. I love the big fights and I can’t wait for that rematch, to kind of set the story straight really.
“I look forward to beating her a lot more convincingly, to shut everyone up basically!
“I was always aware it was going to be a very close fight and I overcame that. I came away with all the belts and deservedly so.”
Taylor wants to be known as the greatest female fighter of her generation at her weight class, and she knows a second victory over Persoon would go a long way towards cementing that status.
She added: “It is about legacy, it is about history-making. I want to be known as the best ever and I’m willing to prove myself every single time I step into the ring, and that is why it is so great to be involved in these big fights.
“These are amazing fights to have ahead of me – but first and foremost it is November 2, and my focus is fully on this opponent.”
Taylor’s clash with Greece’s Linardatou headlines a Manchester Arena bill that also features what is set to be the last bout of former WBC lightweight champion Anthony Crolla’s career, against a yet-to-be-announced opponent, and Joshua Buatsi fighting Australian Blake Caparello.
Taylor is honoured to be headlining such a stacked card.
“I never thought when I first sat down with [promoter] Eddie Hearn three years ago that I could possibly be in this position, to headline a big show like this,” Taylor said.
“To be on the same show as Anthony Crolla, his farewell fight, Joshua Buatsi, and all the rest of the fighters on the card, this is such a special moment for me.