President, Taoiseach lead congratulations to Katie Taylor

The Bray native is now the WBA female lightweight world boxing champion

President, Taoiseach lead congratulations to Katie Taylor

WBA female lightweight world boxing champion Katie Taylor celebrates with the belt | Image: ยฉINPHO/Lawrence Lustig

Messages of congratulations are flooding in for Katie Taylor, who is now he WBA female lightweight world boxing champion.

She beat Argentina's Anahi Sanchez to take her first professional title in Cardiff on Saturday night.

With all three judges scoring the fight as 99-90.

Anahi Esther Sanchez with Katie Taylor | Image: ©INPHO/Lawrence Lustig

President Michael D Higgins says: "May I offer my sincere congratulations to Katie Taylor on her first world title in professional boxing.

"This success, which follows her five world amateur titles and her Olympic gold medal, is a testament to Katie's talent, power and skills as well as an outstanding determination and dedication to her profession.

"On behalf of the people of Ireland I send her my congratulations on winning this world title."

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says: "This is an incredible achievement for Katie.

"We are all aware of her amateur exploits in winning five world titles and Olympic gold.

"Now she has proven her undoubted class in her transition to the professional ranks and, in a very short period of time, becoming a world champion once again.

"It is a great day for Katie and the country.

"She has cemented her status as an Irish sporting legend and as one of our greatest ever sporting ambassadors. Well done again Katie."

Katie Taylor celebrates with the belt and her trainer Ross Enamait | Image: ©INPHO/Lawrence Lustig

Other tributes are being paid on Twitter: