Katie Taylor added another string burgeoning reputation as a professional when winning the WBA Women's Lightweight World title in unanimous points decision over Anahi Esther Sanchez (17-3) at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff tonight.
Taylor looked to make light work of Sanchez when she dropped her opponent in round two with a devastating body punch but credit to Sanchez lifted herself off the canvas and never gave up until the final bell sounded.
Taylor's add's the world title to her stellar amateur career which saw her claim one Olympic gold medal, six World Championship gold medal's and five European Championship gold medals.
The Bray native won the hearts of the Irish public when becoming Ireland's first world champion in 2006 as she defeated Erica Farias of Argentina in the 60kg final and became a national treasure when she finally secured an Olympic gold medal in London 2012.
Unsurprisingly the reaction on Twitter to Taylor claiming her first title after seven bouts was one of joy and elation.
Katie's former teammate Stephanie Roche simply overjoyed and why wouldn't she be!
— Stephanie Roche (@StephanieRoche9) October 28, 2017
Take a bow Katie Taylor!
— Jenny Murphy (@jennymurphy045) October 28, 2017
Coach Kavanagh and one of Ireland's greatest ever world champions Barry McGuigan recognising Taylor's fantastic achievement.
Congratulations to Ireland's newest World Champion @KatieTaylor 😁
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) October 28, 2017
Congratulations @KatieTaylor very good performance.
— Barry McGuigan (@ClonesCyclone) October 28, 2017
Our girl done good! Olympic Champion now World Champion @KatieTaylor... a true Celtic Warrior 🥊
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) October 28, 2017
— Keiren Westwood (@WestwoodKeiren) October 28, 2017
— John Joe Nevin (@johnJoeNevin) October 28, 2017
Katie 'effin' Taylor 🇮🇪👊🏻👊🏻
Well done.. @KatieTaylor
— Nicky Byrne (@NickyByrne) October 28, 2017
— Stephen Elliott (@SleevesElliott) October 28, 2017
Sanchez one tough customer @KatieTaylor needs a sledge hammer to stop her , boxing great Katie 🇮🇪
— Jason Quigley (@jay_quigley) October 28, 2017
Katie Taylor 👏👏
— Paddy Barnes OLY (@paddyb_ireland) October 28, 2017
— Jamie Conlan (@JamieConlan11) October 28, 2017
When I grow up, I wanna be like @KatieTaylor 🥊💙
— Steve Collins Jr (@StevieCollinsJR) October 28, 2017
Two of Ireland's greatest centre-backs recognising Katie on her fantastic achievement. Great to see.
What a fight @KatieTaylor delighted for her new world champion!! ☘️🇮🇪
— Shane Duffy (@shaneduffy) October 28, 2017
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) October 28, 2017
Even though Taylor admitted after the fight it was not her best performance, that is irrelevant now as she is now WBA Women's Lightweight Champion.!!