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Katie Taylor with promoter Eddie Hearn after her undisputed lightweight titles fight. Photo: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Katie Taylor with promoter Eddie Hearn after her undisputed lightweight titles fight. Photo: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

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Katie Taylor with promoter Eddie Hearn after her undisputed lightweight titles fight. Photo: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Home is the hero, as undisputed lightweight champion of the world Katie Taylor arrived back in Ireland yesterday.

The Bray fighter survived another gruelling challenge from Belgian police inspector Delfine Persoon on Saturday night before getting the nod from the three ringside jud- ges - and her family could not be prouder.

The victory came 14 months after the pair's fight at Madison Square Garden, and Taylor clashed with Persoon in the highly anticipated rematch at Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Fight Camp in Essex.

Speaking to the Herald, Taylor's brother Peter said the family were delighted with the win.

"Katie stepped up a gear this time, I think, and I think she boxed better than she did last time and made some essential improvements."

He rang his sister after the fight and was chatting with her for a little while.

"She seemed in great form, she was very happy," he said.

Taylor, who was last in Ireland over Christmas, said after the fight that she could not wait to get home to see her family.

Speaking to Sky Sports, she said: "I was obviously training in Connecticut for a fight that was supposed to be in May and obviously it got postponed, so I just can't wait to get home to spend some time with family."

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She arrived into Dublin yesterday afternoon.

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Katie Taylor after beating Delfine Persoon in Essex

Katie Taylor after beating Delfine Persoon in Essex

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Katie Taylor after beating Delfine Persoon in Essex

Her brother said: "She couldn't wait to get home.

"She will have to quarantine for 14 days, but we're all really, really looking forward to seeing her.

"It's been a long, long time since we've seen her."

He paid a warm tribute to his sister, saying: "I just love her temperament. I love her humility. She's amazing."

He watched the fight on TV at home with his wife.

"I was pretty nervous for a couple of days beforehand, to be honest with you," he said.

"We all really knew that there was going to be patches of the fight that were scrappy and hard to watch."

Taylor's game plan ultimately came out on top.

"I thought Katie was just so much better this time and all of the real quality work was coming from her," her brother said.

"The shots she was landing were really meaningful."