Controversy around Katie Taylor’s points win over Persoon

Two scores of 96-94 tipped the bout in the Bray fighter’s favour, the third judge calling a draw

Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon during their world lightweight championship fight at  Madison Square Garden, New York.  Photograph: Inpho/Matchroom Boxing/Ed Mulholland

Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon during their world lightweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York. Photograph: Inpho/Matchroom Boxing/Ed Mulholland

Katie Taylor’s unification of the lightweight division was marred by controversy following her majority decision win over Belgian Delfine Persoon at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

The Bray woman defeated Persoon by a razor-thin margin to claim the WBA, IBF, WBO, and WBC straps. Two scores of 96-94 tipped the bout in her favour, the third judge calling a draw at 95 points apiece.

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