Delfine Persoon’s manager has claimed that the Belgian fighter will use a pre-match row over accommodation as extra motivation in her lightweight unification title fight Katie Taylor.
Taylor stands on the verge of history, needing to claim victory over Persoon and with it the WBC title, to complete her haul of lightweight belts.
The Bray native goes into the fight as the favourite but build-up to the bout has been over-shadowed slightly by a fight over hotel accommodation.
Both Taylor and Persoon were both booked to stay in the Renaissance Hotel in New York, breaking with the tradition of fighters staying in separate hotels.
When this came to light Persoon and her team moved and Matchroom spokesman Anthony Leaver attempted to downplay the incident, saying: "We moved Delfine and her team to a bigger and better hotel where Eddie Hearn (the managing director of Matchroom) is staying. Delfine had no problem with the move. There was no question of us disrespecting anybody."
However, the Belgian fighter’s trainer tells a different story and claims that Taylor’s camp insisted Persoon move.
Filiep Tampere, who is both Persoon's trainer and partner claimed: "Apparently it was in Taylor’s contract that she could demand that. Just as we were settled and found our way, we had to leave in the evening in a hurry. We are now fifteen minutes away.
"It doesn't bother my fighter. It will stimulate her on Saturday. The more they are against her, the greater the hunger will be. This is like a dog that you are harassing with a stick - she is ready to bite."
Taylor’s manager Brian Peters made light of the issue and speaking to the Irish Independent, he said: "We didn't know whether she was staying in the Renaissance Hotel because so many of the fighters and trainers involved in the show meet in the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel. Our understanding is that she was moved to a bigger and better hotel.
"It is also important to state that Katie knows nothing about this issue. She is in good form. We have the height of respect for Delfine and we have repeatedly said this since the fight was announced. We believe this will be Kate's toughest fight so far."
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