Katie Taylor has been branded “Ireland’s greatest athlete” after her win against Natasha Jonas.
The Bray native defended her Undisputed World Lightweight titles on Saturday night, in a thrilling fight that took place in Manchester Arena.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the fight, the 34-year-old said: “I’m just delighted with the win. What a fight.”
“Any time myself and Natasha have fought, it was like that, an edge of the seat fight. I dug deep and won the championship rounds and I’m delighted to get the win.”
“You have heart, fight and grit in there and it’s everything you need for a great fight. I knew the rounds were close and I knew I had to win the rounds at the end. I knew I had to win the championship rounds.”
— Nicky Byrne (@NickyByrne) May 1, 2021
“I’d love to see a rematch between her and Teri Harper and maybe down the road a rematch between ourselves. She has everything you would need to win a world title,” Katie added.
Irish stars took to Twitter to praise Katie following her epic win, including boxer Jason Quigley who wrote: “Massive congrats @KatieTaylor the heart and determination she showed at the end of each round just shows you why she so special, forever doing this country proud.”
Rob Kearney wrote: “To still have that speed after 10 rounds is insanely impressive #KatieTaylor”, while Simon Delaney wrote: “Congratulations to @KatieTaylor! STILL the undisputed lightweight champion of the world.”
To still have that speed after 10 rounds is insanely impressive. #KatieTaylor
— Rob Kearney (@KearneyRob) May 1, 2021
Massive congrats @KatieTaylor the heart and determination she showed at the end of each round just shows you why she so special, forever doing this country proud 🇮🇪 #TaylorJonas @DAZNBoxing @SkySportsBoxing
— Jason Quigley (@jay_quigley) May 1, 2021
— Mary M Doyle (@ItisMaryDoyle) May 1, 2021
— Paul Maskey (@PaulMaskeyMP) May 1, 2021
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) May 1, 2021
— Eimear McCormack 🚣♀️ (@EimearMcCormack) May 1, 2021
— Pearse Doherty (@PearseDoherty) May 1, 2021
If ever there was someone you want your children to look up to.
Katie Taylor . Legend. pic.twitter.com/zxT2TAPW5j
— Rory's Stories (@RorysStories) May 1, 2021
Aaaaaaaaaaaand still!! Undisputed champion of the world Katie Taylor!!! ☘️🇮🇪#TaylorJonas
— Jacqui Hurley (@jacquihurley) May 1, 2021
— Evanne Ní Chuilinn (@EvanneNiC) May 1, 2021
— Simon Delaney (@SimonDelaneyEsq) May 1, 2021
— Paddy McGuinness 💙 (@PaddyMcGuinness) May 1, 2021
— Michael Barton (@Michael_INI_CAN) May 2, 2021
— Shane O'Connor (@muscles5781) May 1, 2021
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