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Result: Katie Taylor retains world titles by beating Delfine Persoon in rematch

The undisputed Irish champion was a 98-93, 96-94, 96-94 winner on the judges' scorecards.

Katie Taylor retained her lightweight world titles with a unanimous points decision over Delfine Persoon.

Taylor was pushed to the limit for the second time by Persoon at Matchroom HQ in Essex, but the judges' scorecards were 98-93, 96-94, 96-94 in her favour.

"I knew it was going to be tough and I had to dig deep at some stage in the fight," Taylor told Sky Sports.

"But I thought I boxed better than the last time, even though I got drawn in a few times, and that's what got me the win in the end.

"You can't relax against Delfine, you know she's going to come and come and we've had two amazing fights.

"I thought it was a lot more convincing tonight."

This was a highly-anticipated rematch after their controversial contest in New York in June 2019.

Taylor won a contentious points decision at Madison Square Garden on a night when many observers felt Persoon had done enough to get the verdict.

Taylor started well in Saturday's second encounter and pushed Persoon back with a couple of strong left hooks.

Persoon was heavily marked under the right eye in the second round as Taylor continued to dominate.

But the Belgian's high work-rate began to trouble Taylor and the Irish champion also sustained a nasty swelling on her forehead.

Persoon refused to take a backward step and she landed a high volume of shots, with her right hand proving highly effective.

Taylor responded with a burst of punches on the bell as Persoon tumbled to the floor almost in exhaustion.

Person, who said after the fight she might have broken her nose in the second round, was gracious in defeat and felt Taylor had done enough to retain her WBC, IBF, WBO and WBA titles.

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Katie Taylor celebrates after winning the fight on November 2, 2019
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ATHLETICS
· There are no Brits in the women's 100m hurdles final, but Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, fresh from breaking the Olympic record in the semis, will hope to pip world record holder Kendra Harrison to gold (3.50am)
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· The women's skiff 49er FX (6.33am) and men's skiff 49er (7.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races

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