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Tuesday 19 March 2019

Hero's welcome for Katie as stars pay tribute to golden girl's fifth win

golden girl Katie Taylor is today returning to what will be a hero's welcome after winning her fifth record-equalling world boxing championship.

The Bray native is expected back in Ireland after winning her fifth consecutive world title and will touch down in Dublin Airport at approximately 5.40pm.

Taylor (28) won the record-equalling title at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in Jeju, South Korea, yesterday morning, beating Azerbaijan's Yana Allekseevana on a unanimous decision.

Politicians and sport icons were quick to voice their support after the boxer's impressive victory, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny tweeting "Katie The Great, we are all so proud of you, congratulations! @KatieTaylor".

President Michael D Higgins also congratulated Taylor on her impressive victory, saying she was "without a doubt the most impressive sportswoman of her generation and has set a standard for all Irish sports people to follow in decades ahead".

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

MMA sensation Conor McGregor showed his support for Katie by tweeting "WOW @KatieTaylor with her 5th World Championship GOLD in a ROW! An inspiration to everyone grinding towards their dream!! Congrats Katie :-)"

emotional

Speaking after her fight yesterday, an emotional Taylor thanked the home fans for their support, and told of how encouraging it was to have the backing of the nation during the championships.

"It's so encouraging and reassuring knowing that everyone at home is praying for me, it was such a tough fight and I didn't know what was going to happen at the end there, and it's an absolute privilege to equal Mary Kom's record," she said.

Taylor now joins India's Mary Kom as the only woman to win five World Championship titles.

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association said that no homecoming ceremony has been organised yet, but that talks were underway to organise something.

"There probably won't be anything today because Katie will be tired from a long flight and a long tournament, but we do hope to have something organised in the coming days," a spokesman said.

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