Delfine Persoon

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Delfine Persoon
Delfine-persoon-en-filiep-tampere-1361719381.jpg
Persoon (right) with Filiep Tampere in 2013
Statistics
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
NationalityBelgian
Born (1985-01-14) 14 January 1985 (age 37)
Gits, West Flanders, Belgium
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record[1]
Total fights48
Wins45
Wins by KO18
Losses3
Medal record
Women's amateur boxing
Representing  Belgium
Belgian National Championships
Gold medal – first place 2009 Eupen Lightweight

Delfine Persoon ([dɛl.fin pərˈsoːn]; born 14 January 1985)[2] is a Belgian professional boxer. She held the IBF female lightweight title in 2012 and the WBC female lightweight title from 2014 to June 2019, losing the title in a unification fight against Katie Taylor for the undisputed lightweight championship.[3] As of September 2020, she is ranked as the world's best active female super-featherweight by BoxRec,[4] the second best active female lightweight by The Ring,[5] and the second best active female, pound for pound, by BoxRec,[6] and sixth by The Ring[5] and ESPN.[7]

Professional boxing career[edit]

Persoon, who works as a railway policewoman, started professional boxing in 2009 - switching to boxing after a career in competitive judo. In March 2011 she became EBU European Champion against Nicole Boss.[8] She successfully defended her title in November 2011 against Myriam Dellal.[9]

In February 2012 Persoon won the WIBF world title with a technical knockout (TKO) against Lucia Morelli. In September 2012 she added the IBF world title with a TKO against Erin McGowan. In January 2013 she successfully defended her WIBF title against Anita Torti. In December 2013 she also gained the WIBA world title.[9]

In March 2013 Persoon won a WBC final eliminator against Kremena Petkova, gaining her the right to challenge Erica Farias for the WBC title. In September 2013 she was stripped of the IBF title for inactivity, having failed to defend it in the intervening year. The vacant title was claimed by Victoria Bustos on 21 September.[9]

In December 2013 she won a unification fight with Lucia Morelli for the WIBF & WBF titles.[10] This victory made her the number 1 lightweight in the world according to BoxRec.

On 20 April 2014 Persoon won the WBC title on points from Farias.[11]

Persoon vs. Taylor[edit]

In December 2018 it was revealed that Persoon offered $100,000 to IBF and WBA champion Katie Taylor for a fight.[12] Taylor's manager however stated that Taylor would not even get out of bed for this sum.[13] Eventually, a lightweight unification fight between Persoon and Taylor was set for 1 June 2019, at the Madison Square Garden in New York, on the undercard for the Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. heavyweight title fight.[14][15] In addition to all four sanctioning body's titles being on the line, The Ring magazine belt was also at stake. [16] Persoon's management labelled Taylor's team "totally disrespectful" and claimed "psychological warfare" after a series of late fight week demands. This included forcing Persoon to switch hotel as Taylor was staying in the same hotel, demanding that she take an additional blood test and prove Persoon has exercise asthma.[17][18] Taylor won a controversial majority decision to become the undisputed lightweight champion.[19]

Super-featherweight[edit]

On 11 November 2019 Persoon won the WBA interim super-featherweight title.[20]

Persoon vs. Taylor II[edit]

A rematch with Taylor took take place on 22 August 2020 at the Matchroom Sport headquarters in Brentwood, Essex, for the undisputed female lightweight title.[21] Taylor won the rematch.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
48 fights 45 wins 3 losses
By knockout 19 1
By decision 23 2
By disqualification 3 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
49 Win 46–3 Mexico Beatriz Aguilar RTD 4 (8) 1 Nov 2021 Belgium Izegem, Belgium
48 Win 45–3 Russia Elena Gradinar UD 10 3 Jul 2021 Belgium Eernegem, Belgium Won WBO Intercontinental super featherweight title
47 Loss 44–3 Republic of Ireland Katie Taylor UD 10 22 Aug 2020 United Kingdom Matchroom Fight Camp, Brentwood, England For WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring female lightweight titles
46 Win 44–2 Nigeria Helen Joseph UD 10 11 Nov 2019 Belgium Versluys Dôme, Ostend, Belgium Won WBA interim female super-featherweight title
45 Loss 43–2 Republic of Ireland Katie Taylor MD 10 1 Jun 2019 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S. Lost WBC lightweight title;
For WBA, IBF, WBO, and inaugural The Ring female lightweight titles
44 Win 43–1 United States Melissa St. Vil RTD 7 (10), 2:00 9 Mar 2019 Belgium Kortrijk, Belgium Retained WBC female lightweight title
43 Win 42–1 Kenya Judy Waguthii TKO 10 (10) 8 Dec 2018 Belgium Ardooie, Belgium Retained WBC female lightweight title
42 Win 41–1 Argentina Natalia del Valle Aguirre UD 10 9 Jun 2018 Belgium Sportcentrum, Ichtegem, Belgium Retained WBC female lightweight title
41 Win 40–1 Italy Monica Gentili UD 8 20 Jan 2018 Belgium Moorslede, Belgium
40 Win 39–1 France Myriam Dellal UD 10 11 Nov 2017 Belgium Zwevezele, Belgium Retained WBC female lightweight title
39 Win 38–1 Kenya Everline Odero DQ 8 (8) 25 Dec 2016 Belgium Stedelijke Sporthalle, Izegem, Belgium
38 Win 37–1 Argentina Ruth Stephanie Aquino DQ 1 (10) 11 Nov 2016 Belgium Sporthal De zwaluw, Zwevezele, Belgium Retained WBC female lightweight title
37 Win 36–1 Greece Christina Linardatou UD 10 4 Jun 2016 Belgium Sporthal Schiervelde, Belgium Retained WBC female lightweight title
36 Win 35–1 France Maïva Hamadouche UD 10 11 Nov 2015 Belgium Zwevezele, Belgium Retained WBC female lightweight title
35 Win 34–1 Kenya Jane Kavulani UD 8 26 Sep 2015 Belgium Gits, Belgium
34 Win 33–1 Switzerland Nicole Boss TKO 9 (10), 0:45 25 Apr 2015 Switzerland Sternensaal, Berne, Switzerland Retained WBC female lightweight title
33 Win 32–1 Kenya Florence Muthoni TKO 8 (8) 28 Feb 2015 Belgium Ghelamco Arena, Ghent, Belgium
32 Win 31–1 Australia Diana Prazak TKO 9 (10), 1:28 11 Nov 2014 Belgium Zwevezele, Belgium Retained WBC female lightweight title
31 Win 30–1 Kenya Judy Waguthii UD 8 27 Sep 2014 Belgium Zaal Ogierlande, Gits, Belgium
30 Win 29–1 Argentina Érica Farías UD 10 20 Apr 2014 Belgium Zwevezele, Belgium Won WBC female lightweight title
29 Win 28–1 Italy Lucia Morelli TKO 10 (10), 1:19 13 Dec 2013 Belgium Zaal Forum, Aalst, Belgium Retained WIBF lightweight title;
Won WIBA, and WBF female lightweight titles
28 Win 27–1 Serbia Eva Bajic TKO 3 (8) 11 Nov 2013 Belgium Zwevezele, Belgium
27 Win 26–1 Bosnia and Herzegovina Irma Balijagic Adler UD 8 4 Oct 2013 Belgium Topsporthal Vlaanderen, Ghent, Belgium
26 Win 25–1 Bulgaria Galina Gumliiska TKO 2 (8) 23 Aug 2013 Belgium Kursaal, Ostend, Belgium
25 Win 24–1 Bulgaria Kremena Petkova KO 2 (10) 29 Mar 2013 Belgium Topsporthal Vlaanderen, Ghent, Belgium
24 Win 23–1 Kenya Fatuma Zarika UD 8 23 Feb 2013 Belgium Sporthal Schiervelde, Roeselare, Belgium
23 Win 22–1 Italy Anita Torti UD 10 12 Jan 2013 Belgium Sporthal Sint Pieter, Sint Truiden, Belgium Retained WIBF lightweight title
22 Win 21–1 Hungary Marianna Gulyas KO 3 (6) 1 Nov 2012 Belgium Sporthal, Izegem, Belgium
21 Win 20–1 Australia Erin McGowan TKO 7 (10), 1:48 21 Sep 2012 Belgium Lotto Arena, Antwerp, Belgium Won vacant IBF female lightweight title
20 Win 19–1 Latvia Valija Lasmanovica TKO 3 (6) 29 Jun 2012 Belgium Moorslede, Belgium
19 Win 18–1 Spain Loli Munoz UD 8 27 Apr 2012 Belgium Topsporthal Vlaanderen, Ghent, Belgium
18 Win 17–1 Italy Lucia Morelli TKO 5 (10) 25 Feb 2012 Belgium Expo-Hallen, Roeselare, Belgium Won WIBF lightweight title
17 Win 16–1 France Myriam Dellal UD 10 1 Nov 2011 Belgium Stedelijke Sporthalle, Izegem, Belgium Retained European female lightweight title
16 Win 15–1 United Kingdom Angel McKenzie UD 6 30 Sep 2011 Belgium Topsporthal Vlaanderen, Ghent, Belgium
15 Win 14–1 Bulgaria Milena Koleva UD 8 24 Jun 2011 Belgium Feesttent, Torhout, Belgium
14 Win 13–1 Romania Floarea Lihet UD 6 1 Apr 2011 Belgium Topsporthal Vlaanderen, Ghent, Belgium
13 Win 12–1 Switzerland Nicole Boss UD 10 5 Mar 2011 Belgium Sporthal, Lichtervelde, Belgium Won vacant European female lightweight title
12 Win 11–1 Romania Daniela David RTD 3 (6) 25 Dec 2010 Belgium Stedelijke Sporthalle, Izegem, Belgium
11 Win 10–1 Romania Mirabela Calugareanu KO 2 (6) 10 Dec 2010 Belgium Grote Markt, Sint Niklaas, Belgium
10 Loss 9–1 Belgium Zelda Tekin TKO 4 (8) 1 Nov 2010 Belgium Stedelijke Sporthalle, Izegem, Belgium
9 Win 9–0 Belgium Zelda Tekin DQ 2 (6) 9 Oct 2010 Belgium Sporthal De Branding, Middelkerke, Belgium
8 Win 8–0 United Kingdom Kristine Shergold UD 8 11 Sep 2010 Belgium Studio hall, Bruges, Belgium
7 Win 7–0 Belgium Nicky Mutsaert KO 2 (6) 24 May 2010 Belgium Brielpoort, Deinze, Belgium
6 Win 6–0 Netherlands Arlene de Freitas UD 6 30 Apr 2010 Belgium Sporthal Tempelhof, Bruges, Belgium
5 Win 5–0 France Julie Robert UD 8 6 Mar 2010 Belgium Zaal Ogierlande, Oostkamp, Belgium
4 Win 4–0 Netherlands Arlene de Freitas UD 6 5 Dec 2009 Belgium BC Noble Art, Deinze, Belgium
3 Win 3–0 Netherlands Mariska Mulder TKO 2 (6) 21 Nov 2009 Belgium Sporthal Riderfort, Oostkamp, Belgium
2 Win 2–0 Hungary Renáta Szebelédi UD 6 4 Oct 2009 Belgium Olympia Stadion, Marke, Belgium
1 Win 1–0 Slovakia Jana Latova KO 2 (6) 23 May 2008 Belgium Zaal Ogierlande, Gits, Belgium

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boxing record for Delfine Persoon". BoxRec.
  2. ^ "Official website Delfine Persoon".
  3. ^ "BoxRec: Delfine Persoon". boxrec.com. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  4. ^ "BoxRec: Female super-featherweight ratings". BoxRec. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  5. ^ a b "The Ring Women's Ratings". The Ring. 8 September 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  6. ^ "BoxRec: Female p4p ratings". BoxRec. Retrieved 19 August 2020.
  7. ^ "Women's boxing pound-for-pound rankings: Did Katie Taylor do enough to take over the No. 1 spot?". ESPN.com. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  8. ^ "West Fleming is boxing champion". Flanders Today. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  9. ^ a b c Persoon's boxing profile
  10. ^ "Persoon defeats Morelli". Boxing News 24. 14 December 2013. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Face of Flanders: Delfine Persoon". Flanders Today. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Delfine Persoon reveals $100,000 offer to Katie Taylor". Irish-Boxing. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Katie Taylor's dream of becoming undisputed champion in doubt after fight talks hit financial snag". Irish Independent. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Delfine Persoon to fight Ireland's Katie Taylor at Madison Square Garden". VRT NWS. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  15. ^ News, Flanders (14 April 2019). "Delfine Persoon to fight Ireland's Katie Taylor at Madison Square Garden". vrtnws.be. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Katie Taylor-Delfine Persoon undisputed lightweight title bout set for June 1, The Ring title also at stake". The Ring. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  17. ^ Oziga (3 June 2019). "Delfine Persoon leaves the arena in tears after dubious defeat". Afrinik (in American English). Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  18. ^ "'Totally disrespectful' - Delfine Persoon's manager blasts Katie Taylor's team over hotel row". Independent.ie. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  19. ^ Alexander, Mookie (1 June 2019). "Video: Katie Taylor controversially edges out Delfine Persoon to become undisputed champion". Bloody Elbow. Archived from the original on 3 June 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  20. ^ Persoon wins WBA interim junior lightweight title, 11 November 2019
  21. ^ "Katie Taylor to face Delfine Persoon in rematch on 22 August". BBC Sport (in British English). 9 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  22. ^ "DPG Media Privacy Gate".
  23. ^ "Delfine Persoon is Sportvrouw van het jaar, Kevin de Bruyne Sportman". 20 December 2015.

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Sporting positions
Major World boxing titles
Inaugural champion IBF female lightweight champion
21 September 2012 – 2013
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Victoria Bustos
Preceded by WBC female lightweight champion
20 April 2014 – 1 June 2019
Succeeded by