Taylor continues to pour on the punishment into the ninth. A big gash has opened up over Volante’s nose which appears to have been the result of a clash of heads. That’s bleeding badly. Broken for sure. Referee Benjy Esteves takes a close look and immediately stops the fight!
Volante feels hard done and understandably for the fight to end on head butt … but it’s the correct result.
Taylor, who now holds the IBF, WBA and WBO titles at 135lbs, is one step away from her long-held goal of unifying the lightweight championship. Belgium’s Delfine Persoon, the former kickboxer who holds the WBC strap, is all that stands in her way.
Says Taylor: “Now we can start talking about that fight, Persoon. That name’s been coming up over the last two years. I’ve got the three belts, she’s got the WBC belt, so we have to get that fight on next.”
When ask if she’d prefer Persoon over the prospect of moving up to 140lbs for a potentially more lucrative meet-in-the-middle showdown with Norway’s Cecilia Brækhus, the longtime undisputed champion at 147lbs regarded for much of the decade as the pound-for-pound world No 1, or a grudge match with the outspoken Puerto Rican six-division champion Amanda Serrano, Taylor is to the point: “My goal is to become the undisputed [lightweight] champion first and foremost.
The fights with Amanda and Cecilia are a lot bigger when I have got the four belts. So that fight with Persoon is a fantastic chance. She’s been a long-reigning champion for many years. That’s going to be a fantastic fight.”