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Delfine Persoon
 
   

Lightweight Delfine Persoon was born in Moorslede, Belgium on January 14, 1985. She took up judo at age 6 following her older sister's interest in the sport. She won medals at the provincial, Flemish and Belgian national levels before competing in international judo tournaments - including the Youth Olympics in Spain where she took fourth place. Her career in judo was ended by a back injury.

Delfine was always athletic and she competed in running and gymnastics while in high school.  After graduation she enlisted for training as a police officer and that was where she first received training in martial arts.  She briefly tried sport karate but she felt more at home with boxing and swtched to that.  She trains with Filiep Tampere at the BoxingClub Lichtervelde.

She was undefeated in twelve amateur bouts between January 2008 and April 2009 and she topped off her amateur boxing career by winning the Belgian national championship in 2009.

She made her professional debut on May 23, 2009 at Zaal Ogierlande in Gits, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, weighing in at 130 lbs and knocking out Jana Latova (139 lbs) of Košice, Slovakia in the second round of a scheduled six-rounder.  Latova fell to 1-6 (0 KO's).

On October 4, 2009 at Olympia Stadion in Marke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (127¾ lbs) won a six-round unanimous (58-56,59-55,59-55) decision over Renata Szebeledi (121¼ lbs) of Budapest, Hungary who fell to 0-4.

On Novermber 21, 2009 at Sporthal Riderfort in Ruddervoorde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (130 lbs) TKO'd Mariska Mulder (132¼ lbs) of the Netherlands in the second round of a scheduled six-rounder.  The 31-year-old Mulder fell to 0-1-1 and has not boxed professionally since.

On December 5, 2009 at BoxingClub Noble Art in Deinze, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (133½ lbs) won a clear six-round unanimous (59-55,60-54,60-54) decision over Arlène de Freitas (137¾ lbs) of the Netherlands, dropping de Freitas's pro record to 1-1.

Delfine set out to make her mark on the European boxing scene in 2010, her first full year of professional competition.

On March 6, 2010 at Zaal Ogierlande in Gits, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (130¼ lbs) won a clear eight-round unanimous (80-71,80-72,80-72) decision over Julie Robert (130¼ lbs) of Saint-Nazaire, France.

On April 30, 2010 at Sporthal Tempelhof in Bruges, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (131¼ lbs) won another clear six-round unanimous (6054x3) decision over Arlène de Freitas (132¼ lbs) in a rematch of their bout four months earlier.  de Freitas fell to 1-2.

On May 24, 2010 at Brielpoort in Deinze, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (125¾ lbs) knocked out Nicky Mutsaert (121¼ lbs) of Brussels, Belgium in the second round of a scheduled six-rounder, dropping the 40-year-old Mutseart's pro record to 1-2 (1 KO).

Delfine PersoonOn September 11, 2010 at Studio Hall in Bruges, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (130¼ lbs) won a clear eight-round unanimous (80-71,80-71,80-72) decision over Kristine Shergold (132¼ lbs) of Exeter, Devon, England.  Shergold fell to 4-4-0 with the loss. 

On October 9, 2010 at Sporthal De Branding in Middelkerke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (130 lbs) won by a second round disqualification over veteran kickboxer Zelda Tekin (132¼ lbs) of Charleroi, Belgium in a scheduled six-rounder.  Tekin, who had been fighting professionally since 2002 and who had last fought for the WBC world Junior Welterweight title in 2008, saw her pro boxing record fall to 4-3(3 KO's) with this loss.

On November 1, 2010 at Stedelijke Sporthalle in Izegem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Zelda Tekin (133¾ lbs) won by a fourth-round TKO in a rematch with Delfine Persoon (131¼ lbs) that had been scheduled to eight rounds.  Tekin, who had just turned 35, improved to 5-3 (4 KO's) with the win.

On December 10, 2010 at Grote Markt in Sint Niklaas, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon knocked out Mirabela Georghe of Romania in the second round of a scheduled six-rounder, dropping Georghe's record to 0-2.

On December 25, 2010 at Stedelijke Sporthalle in Izegem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (135½ lbs) won a scheduled six-rounder when Daniëlla David (134 lbs) of Bucharest, Romania retired at the start of the third round.  David's record fell to 4-21-1 (1 KO) with the loss. 

Persoon's eight bouts in 2010 made her Europe's busiest professional female boxer for that year.

Boss vs Persoon

On March 5, 2011 at Sporthall in Lichtervelde, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (134½) captured the vacant EBU Lightweight title with a ten-round unanimous(100-90,99-91,99-91) decision over Nicole Boss (133½ lbs) of Wohlen BE, Switzerland who fell to 5-3-1 (4 KO's) with the loss.

On April 1, 2011 at Topsporthal Vlaanderen in Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (132¼ lbs) won a six-round unanimous (60-54,60-54,60-53) decision over Floarea Lihet (129 lbs) of Bucharest, Romania, who fell to 10-8-3 (3 KO's).

On June 24, 2011 at Feesttent in Torhout, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (132¼ lbs) won an eight-round unanimous (80-72x3) decision over Milena Koleva (136¾ lbs) of Silven, Bulgaria, who fell to 3-3-1 (0 KO's).

Persoon vs McKenzie10On September 30, 2011 at Topsporthal Vlaanderen in Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (137¼ lbs) won a six-round unanimous (60-53,60-52,60-53) decision over a battered and bloodied Angel McKenzie (139 lbs) of London, England who fell to 4-25-0 (0 KO's).

Persoon vs Dellal
Delfine Persoon vs Miriam Dellal in November 2011
Photo: BoxClub Lichterwelde

On November 1, 2011 at Stedelijke Sporthalle in Izegem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon  (132¼ lbs) defended the EBU Lightweight title with a ten-round unanimous (100-91,100-90,100-90) decision over Miriam Dellal (133½ lbs) of Vendome, France. Dellal who was the reigning French Lightweight Champion, fell to 7-4-2 (1 KO). 

On February 25, 2012 at Expo-Hallen in Roeselare, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (133½ lbs) won the WIBF Lightweight title with a fifth-round TKO of Italian-born Lucia Morelli (132¼ lbs) of Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.  This was a non-stop action packed battle at close quarters in which Persoon finally overwhelmed Morelli with the intensity and volume of her punches, and the fght was stopped when Morelli began to take steady punishment to her head in a corner of the ring. Morelli fell to 17-3-0 (8 KO's).

Munoz vs PersoonOn April 27, 2012 at Topsporthal Vlaanderen in Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (135½ lbs) won an eight-round unanimous (80-72x3) decision over the tough and well experienced Loly Munoz of Barcelona, Spain who fell to 11-10-3 (6 KO's). 

On June 29, 2012 in Moorslede, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (136¾ lbs) TKO'd Valija Lasmanovica of Riga, Latvia in the third round of a scheduled six.  Lasmanovica fell to 1-4-1 with the loss.

On September 21, 2012 at Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium, Delfine Persoon (133 lb) TKO'd Erin McGowan (5'8", 135 lbs) of Perth, Western Australia at 1:48 in the seventh round of a scheduled ten-rounder for the vacant IBF Lightweight title. McGowan had been knocked down by a one-two to the head earlier in the round.  The fight was stopped after a fired-up Persoon drove McGowan around the ring and began unloading with the Australian trapped against the corner ropes (see video above). McGowan, a former WBO Lightweight champion who had been training by sparring with Layla McCarter in Las Vegas, Nevada, fell to 14-2-0 (7 KO's) with her second straight loss.

On November 1 2012 at Sporthal in Izegem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine won by a third-round KO over Marianna Gulyas of Hungary in a scheduled six-rounder.  Gulyas fell to 10-11-0 (2 KO's).

Torti vs Persoon
Torti (left) vs Persoon in January 2013

On January 12 2013 at Sporthal Sint Pieter in Sint Truiden, Limburg, Belgium, Defline won a 10-round unanimous (100-90,99-91,100-90) decision over Anita Torti of Pavia, Italy for the WIBF Lightweight title. Ryan Bivens reported that "Torti was reluctant to let her hands go and pretty much just let Persoon bum rush her. Persoon left plenty of openings for Torti to counter, but she didn't take advantage. To make matters worse Torti also constantly retreated. It's no surprise Persoon pitched a shutout on two of the official cards." Torti fell to 6-2-1 (3 KO's) with the loss.

On February 23 2013 at Sporthal Schiervelde in Roeselare, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine (134½ lbs) won an eight-round unanimous (80-72,80-72,79-73) decision over the well experienced Zarika Njeri (134¾ lbs) of Nairobi, Kenya who fell to 23-7-1 (14 KO's).

On March 29 2013 at Topsporthal Vlaanderen in Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine (133¼ lbs) knocked out Kremena Petkova of Razgrad, Bulgaria in the second round of a scheduled ten-rounder. Petkova fell to 7-6-1 (1 KO) with the loss.

On August 23 2013 at Kursaal in Oostende, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine (137¼ lbs) TKO'd Galina Ivanova Giumliiska (131½ lbs) of Sofia, Bulgaria in the second round of a scheduled eight-rounder.  Giumliiska, a frequent "opponent" for rising European fighters, fell to 9-25 (1 KO) with the loss.

On October 4 2013 at Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine (134½ lbs) won an eight-round unanimous (80-71,80-71,80-72) decision over former WIBA World Featherweight and GBU Junior Lightweight champion Irma Balijagic-Adler (130¾ lbs) of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The fight was dominated by Persoon but both boxers were cut by accidental head clashes. The loss dropped Balijagic-Adler's record to 14-4 (7 KO's).

Persoon vs HalasiOn November 11 2013, at Zwevezele in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, Delfine (136½ lbs) won by a third-round TKO over Eva Halasi (138¼ lbs) of Senta, Serbia in a scheduled eight-rounder.  Halasi (at right in photo) fell to 11-7 (9 KO's) with the loss.

On December 13, 2013 at Zaal Forum in Aalst, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium, in a much-anticipated rematch for the WIBF, WBF and WIBA Lightweight titles, Delfine TKO'd Italian-born Lucia Morelli of Germany near the end of the final round of a scheduled ten. According to several on-line reports, Persoon dominated the fight and had knocked Morelli down in the sixth and ninth rounds before referee Daniel Van de WIele intervened to save Morelli from unnecessary further punishment.  Persoon advanced her record to 28-1 (13 KO's) while winning her third world title. Morelli fell to 18-4 (8 KO's) with her second TKO loss to Persoon.

Persoon is getting ready for a showdown with reigning WBC Lightweight champion Erica Farias of Argentina for the WBC title in Zwevezele, Belgium on April 20 2014.

Like most professional boxers, Delfine does not support herself through the sport; she has a full time job with the Belgian Railway Police.

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