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It's a high five for Katie as she equals record with her fifth world crown

Katie Taylor won her fifth successive world boxing crown in South Korea early today - equalling the record for the most wins in a row by a female boxer.

Shortly before 7am, the Bray woman won the AIBA World Elite lightweight gold after beating Azerbaijan's Yana Allekseeva.

Taylor is expected back home tomorrow evening and a major celebration is now being planned to acknowledge her latest success.

Speaking after today's fight, Taylor said was delighted.

"It was a great contest, a great boxing match and a great advertisement for women's boxing," she said.

"Thank God again for a great victory today. It was so encouraging. It was reassuring knowing that everyone back home was praying for me."

Today's victory means the Olympic gold medallist has equalled the record of of India's Mary Kom with five successive world titles. All three judges awarded Taylor more points than her opponent.

"It's an absolute privilege to equal Mary Kom's record. She was a hero of the sport," Katie said.

Her father and coach Pete was full of praise for his daughter's latest success, though he admitted it was heart-stopping at times.

"My heart is in bits," he conceded.

"We knew it was going to be a tough fight. We were studying this girl and we knew we'd have to feint and feint, and it was only with single punches we were going to score.

"Katie executed it perfectly. Five world titles, what can you say? She is unbelievable, a legend," her dad added.

Tributes have poured in for the Bray woman, with President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny praising the most successful Irish boxer of all-time.


"Katie The Great, we are all so proud of you, congratulations," Enda Kenny posted on his Twitter account this morning.

President Higgins said: "Our Olympic Champion Katie Taylor has won her fifth World Boxing title. All of us are so proud of her.

"I offer sincere congratulations to Katie and indeed her family on this outstanding win, where she again showed such remarkable skill, determination and courage at the very highest level.

"Katie Taylor is without doubt the outstanding Irish sportswoman of her generation and has set a standard for all Irish sportspeople to follow in decades ahead," President Higgins added.

Olympian Darren O'Neill believes that Taylor is the greatest Irish boxer of all-time and that we will never see the success enjoyed by the Bray woman again.

"As far as I'm concerned, Katie Taylor is the greatest of all-time. She has six European titles, five worlds and an Olympic gold."

"I think she is the greatest of all-time and I have said this through the last few years before she ever had the medals that we don't appreciate her enough.

"Thankfully in the last few years she is beginning to get the credit she deserves.

"She is phenomenal and I don't think we will ever see anything like it again."