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Statue Of Katie Taylor In Her Hometown To Be Proposed

Statue Of Katie Taylor In Her Hometown To Be Proposed

Katie Taylor returns to Ireland on Tuesday as the undisputed lightweight world champion.

In possession of the IBF, WBA, WBO belts, along with the WBC and Ring Magazine straps which she claimed on Saturday night in New York, the 32-year-old will be met with a reception at Dublin Airport hosted by Minister for Sport Shane Ross.

In her hometown of Bray, there have been further calls for tributes to the Olympic gold medallist.

"Many people would like to see a statue erected to Katie in honour of all her achievements throughout her career," Independent Councillor Joe Behan told RTÉ News.

That's personally something I would support. I'm going to propose it at the first meeting of Wicklow County Council.

I'm sure my colleagues will agree to it because it would be nice to have something permanent here to celebrate a magnificent sportswoman, a magnificent role model.

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Taylor's defeated opponent, Delfine Persoon, announced on Monday that she intends to file an appeal against Saturday's majority decision victory for Taylor.

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