Plans to build a statue of Katie Taylor are gathering pace 1 year ago

Plans to build a statue of Katie Taylor are gathering pace

A fitting tribute to 'the champ'.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has confirmed that he has written to Wicklow County Council and asked them to commission a permanent and public tribute to Katie Taylor in Bray.

After her recent victory over Delfine Persoon in Madison Square Garden, Taylor made history by becoming Ireland's first ever undisputed world champion boxer.

In doing so, she made it a clean sweep of lightweight belts and further solidified her status as one of - if not THE - greatest Irish athlete of all time.

The undisputed lightweight champion is set to arrive home on Tuesday morning with hundreds expected to turn out to greet her at Dublin Airport.

Despite the controversial end to her fight against Persoon - the Belgian landed 116 punches to Taylor's 103 -  a petition to have a statue made in Taylor's likeness in Bray has already been created and it appears that the Government are listening to what the public wants.

In a post on Twitter, Harris added: "She has done our country proud and here in County Wicklow we are particularly proud of her amazing achievements!"

If the statue is created, it would be a fitting tribute to a magnificent athlete and a wonderful ambassador for Ireland.

Katie Taylor, the best of the best.