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Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Round 2

    A strong left-right hook from Persoon. One, two, three, four shots from Persoon, they all find the target. Frantic, but a good watch. You have to give that round to the Belgian. Katie Taylor is going to have dig deeper than she ever has had to before.

  2. Post update

    Round 2

    A left hook from Persoon sends Taylor back and the Belgian looks to attack. Another right hook gets through not long after.

  3. Post update

    Round 1

    Carl Frampton

    Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    I would give that round to Katie Taylor.

  4. Post update

    Round 1

    Taylor's work is good for the purists, Persoon more head-down and charging and hoping. Which is going to be the most effective tactic?

  5. Post update

    Round 1:

    Here we go. An early jab from Taylor to the Persoon face. Persoon is on the attack, with a wild swing that Taylor spots, ducks under and counters.

  6. Post update

    Katie Taylor does not need any clues on what to do. Delfine Persoon does just that with a bizarre phase of frantic hitting-yourself-in-the-face spell. As ways of psyching yourself up, I've seen less painful ways of doing it.

    Can Taylor hit Persoon in the face as well? Ten rounds, each of two minutes coming up.

  7. Eye-catching ref...

    Taylor v Persoon

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport at Madison Square Garden

    The referee for the Taylor v Persoon fight is called... wait for it...

    Sparkle Lee.

    What a great name.

  8. Post update

    U2's "I still haven't found what I'm looking for" is Katie Taylor's ringwalk music of choice. What she is after is becoming an undisputed champion. Here's her chance.

  9. How they compare

    Delfine Persoon

    • 44 fights, 43 wins (18 KOs) 1 loss

    Katie Taylor

    • 13 fights, 13 wins (6 Kos)
  10. 'Dangerous for Taylor'

    Katie Taylor v Delfine Persoon

    Steve Bunce

    BBC Radio 5 Live boxing pundit at Madison Square Garden

    Delfine Persoon has only lost one fight. Of her last 40 fights she has been forced to wear enormous 10 ounce gloves, but tonight, she will be wearing eight ounce gloves for the first time.

    Even with those well-defined 10 ounce gloves she has been able to stop a lot of fighters, but she fancies her chances tonight. She is an aggressive fighter, so the smaller the gloves, the more dangerous it is for Katie Taylor.

  11. Post update

    Here comes Delfine Persoon. She holds the WBC title and she could end up with another three belts in an hour's time.

  12. 'The cream always rises to the top'

    Katie Taylor v Delfine Persoon

    Carl Frampton

    Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    Katie Taylor is a special talent and you expect her to win fights, but there is no doubt in my mind that this is her toughest fight. However, the cream always rises to the top.

  13. 'Taylor to pip Joshua to the post'

    Katie Taylor v Delfine Persoon

    David Haye

    Former world heavyweight champion on BBC Radio 5 live

    To say she has been fast-tracked is an understatement. Ironically, Katie Taylor will become undisputed champion in such a short space of time.

    She is going to pip AJ to the unification post tonight.

  14. The A Team!

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport at Madison Square Garden


    Now that’s a comms team.

    Both Mr Frampton and Haye have reigned at two weights.

    Bunce is then lineal pundit champion and as George Groves said... “no one calls it like Costello.”

    Tune into 5 Live now!

  15. 'What Taylor has achieved is amazing'

    Katie Taylor v Delfine Persoon

    Former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton told BBC Sport he used to spar with Katie Taylor during her amateur career.

    "It was always competitive," he said. "If I stood off her, I'd be outboxed. I'd try to push her around.

    "There is so much expectation on her. It brings its own pressures. She says she knows how to deal with it but even from the amateurs, it was pressure for her all the time. What she has achieved is an amazing feat."

  16. Get Involved #bbcboxing

    Who's the better fighter and why - Joshua, Wilder or Fury?

    Brooko: Fury is the best pound for pound. Wilder is dodging both. AJ is the champion everyone is dodging... AJ v Fury is the one.

    Matthew: Fury the best boxer, AJ 2nd, Wilder has a puncher's chance against any one.

    John: Wilder and Fury are better at the moment because they’ve actually fought each other. Joshua is nothing until he fights Wilder or Fury.

  17. 'Kelly gets out of jail'

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport at Madison Square Garden

    Josh Kelly got the last round with all of the judges and in doing so, got out of jail.

    The feeling ringside is there a bit too much flash in his work now. That said, he did get cut and survived, so there's something to be said for that.

    From the second Ray Robinson got on the scales on Friday he looked like he was game and would be a right handful. So it proved.

  18. Listen live

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    We are live on BBC Radio 5 Live right now so listen to the master of all boxing commentary, Mr Mike Costello. He is joined by our excellent team of Steve Bunce and former world champions David Haye and Carl Frampton.

    Press the play button at the top of this page to listen along.

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