The reaction to Katie Taylor's historic world champion win has been phenomenal 11 months ago

The reaction to Katie Taylor's historic world champion win has been phenomenal

"Queen of our hearts."

This morning, social media has been awash with support and praise for Katie Taylor following her phenomenal win during last night's fight.

The Bray native was crowned the undisputed lightweight champion of the world following a close match against Belgium’s Delfine Persoon at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

"This is what I’ve dreamed of since turning pro," Taylor said.

"This was always my ultimate goal. To have all five belts and to make history in my sport, this is what it’s all about."

The reaction to Taylor's win has, of course, dominated social media since the early hours of this morning with the likes of Michael D Higgins, Conor McGregor, and none other than Bray Town Centre declaring how proud they are of the boxer.

The iconic Mattress Mick even landed in with some words of praise.

Following her win, Taylor told RTE that she that she is open to a rematch against Persoon some time in the future, but that right now she wants to focus on other fights.

"We're definitely very open to a rematch, we’ll see what happens down the line," she said. "There’s a lot of big fights out there for me, so I guess we can talk about that later on."

"This is why I sacrifice so much, why I train so hard," she added.

Persoon stormed out of the arena after the results in favour of Taylor were announced. One judge scored the fight 95-95, with two others giving 96-94 in favour of Taylor.

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