Katie Taylor Stepped Up; Who’s Next? Will it be Persoon, McCarter, Serrano, McCaskill or Braekhus?
By David A. Avila
Ireland’s Katie Taylor put an Irish whuppin on Brazil’s Rose Volante and added another title to her lightweight collection of the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
Next up could be Belgium’s Delfine Persoon who holds the WBC strap.
Taylor’s ascent had been slow-moving by her matchmakers considering she had hundreds of amateur fights. After so-so competition against pro fighters that were all at least 7 to 1 under dogs, she was finally fed a real threat and she gobbled her up.
As Gennady “GGG” Golovkin recently said, “just because someone has a belt doesn’t mean they are the best.” There are many without belts that are vastly superior to some of those with world title belts. Politics can get in the way.
But against Volante that was not the case; the Irish fighter was facing someone with true knockout power and a real danger.
Immediately Taylor let Volante know she could crack too and dropped her during an exchange. It set the table for the nine-round thrashing that came afterwards.
After the fight Taylor basically called out WBC’s titlist Persoon. On paper it looks like an even better fight than the Volante match. The Belgium southpaw has height, speed, power and attacks. She also wants the showdown with Taylor so it looks like it can be made.
Now the question is how much, where and on what media outlet?
Those are all big questions and it’s up to their respective promotion companies now.
According to Persoon they have sought a unification match for over a year and offered a reasonable sum. Taylor’s team said through the media it was not enough. The other major question is the media outlet. Taylor has DAZN and Persoon has Belgian television. Who will offer more? And where will the site be?
It’s a great clash of styles and one that looks to be a major test for each champion.
But what if this unification match doesn’t happen?
Here are some suggestions:
Other possible Taylor foes
Layla McCarter is turning 40 next month and despite not losing for more than 11 years no world champion will challenge her in the boxing ring. She started as a featherweight and has captured world titles from 126 to 154 pounds. Most of her damage has been done in other countries and has not lost a fight since 2007. That’s an incredible feat.
Ironically, the Las Vegas fighter’s best weight is the 135-pound lightweight division though she’s been campaigning as a welterweight in hopes of luring Norway’s great Cecilia Braekhus. More on Braekhus later. It would be a crime to see McCarter retire without the boxing world seeing her perform against today’s best like Katie Taylor.
Another could be Amanda Serrano though she just recently fought at 115 pounds she also formerly held the same WBO lightweight title that Taylor just recently won against Volante. Serrano has the technical prowess and skills to match blows with Ireland’s best, the only question is the size difference. But what argument can anyone say against the Puerto Rican southpaw who has grabbed world titles from 115 to 140 pounds in seven weight divisions. Who else can say that?
Brooklyn’s Serrano has never had that marquee fight or payday but now that she’s with DAZN look for it to happen this year. Can she beat someone like Taylor?
One other American fighter who could provide a great test is Jessica McCaskill who fought Taylor back in December 2017. It was the international boxing world’s first glimpse at the Chicago fighter who staggered Taylor in their fight.
McCaskill added more layers to her arsenal since that clash in England and was last seen snatching the WBC super lightweight title from Argentina’ s famed Erica Farias. McCaskill is eager to gain a rematch against Taylor on American soil. She’s improved more than any other elite fighter in the past year. It would be worth revisiting.
Our last suggestion is undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus. But would Taylor be willing to move up in weight or can Braekhus move down and meet the Irish fighter at 140 pounds?
It’s one of those dream fights that sound reasonable but only to the fans, not always to the fighters or their promoters.
Taylor has proven to be one of the top female fighters in the world and now joins America’s Claressa Shields as the trail blazers for women’s prizefighting entering another level.
For women’s boxing to be successful there can be no more tune ups. Anytime a world title fight is shown on television or a major streaming system it must be worth watching.
Shields vs Hammer
America’s Claressa Shields stands ready to face Germany’s Christina Hammer in a middleweight showdown between undefeated world champions on April 13, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. If you live near the area definitely go watch history being made.
Never before have two such vastly talented undefeated world champions met in a match that’s equal to this. This is Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier. It’s the top of the chart for female prizefighting and will also be televised by Showtime.
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