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Katie Taylor has arrived at Dublin airport after her incredible win against Delfine Persoon at Madison Square Garden.

The Bray native was faced with a massive challenge in her boxing match against the Belgian lightweight champion, and it was almost too close to call in the end.

Thankfully, the Irish sportswoman emerged victorious and is now the five-belt undisputed lightweight world champion. She received a warm welcome upon her return to Ireland, with fans flocking to the airport to meet her;

She spoke to RTÉ Radio 1's Today with Sean O'Rourke, opening up about the win: 

 "It was a very very close fight but we knew from the earlier rounds that we won the fight. This is what happens when the best fight the best. It was an absolute battle I'm so glad I came out as the winner. It's a fight that people want to see again.

"I can't wait for it." After declaring a rematch with Persoon was 'inevitable', since the final decision was met with controversy, Katie spent time with some of her younger followers and stayed for pictures.

The gifted sports star thanked fans for their support and for showing up at the airport to greet her;

"It's a great welcome. It's great to be home and to see the support is absolutely phenomenal.

"It was great to come through such a tough battle on Saturday night and to come out victorious. This is what it's all about," she added.

Her defeated opponent has already vowed to make an appeal, but Katie landed 93 punches versus Persoon's 83, so the stats don't lie. Persoon told Sudpresse that a claim is already being planned.

A tribute the incredible boxer is apparently in the works, and is set to appear in her hometown of Bray, Wicklow. 

A motion will be tabled at the first new meeting of Wicklow County Council this Friday to have a statue erected in Taylor's honour, as well as a proposal to have post boxes in Bray painted gold to celebrate her achievement.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Councillor Joe Behan praised Taylor for her contribution to her community:

"However, there is a great desire to have a statue erected in Katie's honour to celebrate what she has done, both as an amateur and a professional, as an ambassador for Bray."

Congratulations to Katie on her electric win, she's always the champion of the world in our eyes. She's basically Million Dollar Baby personified.

Feature image: Instagram/@energized_show 

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After huge success, Sweat Inc. will be running their next Boxing Experience on Sunday 21st January 2018.

No better way to kick-start the new year!

Also, we have an exclusive discount code for you gorgeous humans which is live until end of day TODAY.

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What's it all about, I hear you ask?

Mixing boxing techniques and high intensity fitness drills, you'll benefit not only from an engaging workout but also from the satisfaction of learning something new.

The session is aimed at all levels of experience and fitness, giving you an empowering and enjoyable session, in a safe and supportive atmosphere. With Sweat Inc. you won't need to go to the gym, you'll want to! (anyone else convinced?)

Dimmed lighting and thumping music set the intensity level and atmosphere within The Blue Room at the Dean Hotel for an unforgettable experience!! Oh, and there will also be a DJ with state of the art sound system to ensure enjoyment of the pure rhythm and emotion of boxing.

So basically, its like a nightclub with exercise? SOLD. 

Individually numbered Gloves and Pads have been custom made for the Sweat Inc. event, and each person will receive a goodie bag like no other!

We cannot bloody wait

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After months of hype, numerous press conferences and a catalogue of McGregor one-liners that are sure to be repeated in Irish pubs for years to come, one of most highly anticipated fights in boxing history took place in the early hours of this morning.

Boxing and MMA fans across the globe joined forces to revel is the mega money sporting event that saw an undefeated Floyd Mayweather take on Conor McGregor in the ring.

Although Mayweather cemented his legacy as on of the greatest boxers of all time after winning by TKO in the 10th round, Twitter praised both fighters for the mutual respect they showed after the stoppage, and though some fans were left disappointed by the final result, it seems like everyone enjoyed watching. 

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Katie Taylor has won her third boxing fight in a row, after taking out Monica Gentili in London last night.

The Bray native came out swinging and set the pace for most of the fight, swinging mainly head and abdomen shots towards Monica.

In the third round, Katie stepped it up a notch, coming at Monica with major aggression. The Italian fighter stood her own, but it was clear that Katie was a rank above the rest.

It then all came down to the fifth and final round, when Katie unleashed a fierce combination of knocks that sealed her victory.

It'll only be three weeks until we see the Dub fight again, as she's taking to the ring in Manchester.

Congrats, Katie!

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Boxer Floyd Mayweather has revealed that a boxing fight with Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor looks like it might happen – and soon.

"It’s really not a rumour. The fight may happen. We really don’t know as of right now, but do I think the fight will happen? Absolutely,” Floyd said.

“He is no pushover. One thing about Conor McGregor, he is no pushover. He fell short in his last bout but a true champion can always bounce back so that’s a guy that I can’t overlook,” he told the presenter.

“We haven’t picked a venue, we haven’t talked about money yet. I am going to get $100m. Every time I go out that’s my number. Every time I go out and get inside that squared circle, it’s $100m or better.”

Would you like to see this happen?

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With the winter weather still making going outside a total nightmare, it’ll take more than a spinning class to lure you out of bed for a morning workout.

If you’re looking for a workout with a difference, then take your #fitspo from Gigi, Karlie, Vogue and the other stars kicking ass at the gym.

A new survey by Avonmore Slimline Milk found that an incredible 58.5% of Irish women felt at their best straight after exercise, meaning it’s not just celebrities who are reaping the benefits of a great workout.

So grab your gym gear and prepare to feel fighting fit. Here are some of the celeb-endorsed workout trends we’re dying to try.

HIIT
​Vogue Williams has long been an advocate of High Intensity Interval Training, a form of exercise alternating between intense bursts of activity and less-intense bursts or rest periods, for a cardio workout that burns fat and builds core strength. Most gyms incorporate some form of HIIT into their strength-training or cardio classes these days, or you could simply check out one of the many 15-minute HIIT workouts doing the rounds on YouTube.

 

Reformer Pilates
​The Reformer is a machine developed by Pilates creator Joseph Pilates, consisting of a bed-style frame with a flat moving platform on top of it. The stability challenge of working on a Reformer means that you have to work hard to support your own body weight – helping to build long, lean muscles. Miranda Kerr, Khloé Kardashian, Kate Hudson and Karlie Kloss are all fans.

 

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Gigi Hadid credits her Victoria’s Secret worthy body with a mix of both ballet and boxing, and one look at her killer abs is proof she’s on the right track. You won’t get a better cardio workout anywhere, so get your gloves on and pack a punch.

 

Ballet Barre
You might still get nightmares from that time your mam forced you along to a ballet class aged seven, but Ballet Barre is different. It’s a high-tempo workout that’s great for strengthening and lengthening. Jourdan Dunn and Doutzen Kroes are both BB converts.

 

TRX
How to make a lunge, plank or bicep curl HEAPS more effective? Use a TRX Suspension Trainer. You’ll notice TRX equipment in a lot of Irish gyms these days, but if you’ve been too nervous to try it out, head along to a class – we guarantee you’ll be hooked. Plus, if it gives you a bod like Holly Carpenter, it’s worth a few first-day nerves…

 

Yoga
It tones, it relaxes you and it makes you hella strong – what’s not to love about yoga? For a proper workout try fast-paced forms of yoga like Power or Vinyasa Flow, which will have you sweating out those toxins in no time. Celebrity fans include Hailey Baldwin, Russell Brand and Vanessa Hudgens.

Avonmore Slimline Milk want to help bring out the best in you and are giving away a month’s FREE yoga membership everyday this January. To enter check out the Avonmore website.

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We have to admit that Gordon Ramsay's cooking shows can be a bit of a guilty pleasure, but sometimes we even feel like giving him a little nudge to shut up.

Well, on this week's The Jonathan Ross Show, Ellie Goulding did what we've all (sometimes) wanted to do and punched Mr Ramsay.

Ellie repeatedly said she didn't want to hurt Jonathan at first, and he joked, "watch my face," thinking she wasn't up to the challenge.

Oh, did she show them wrong.

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It's no secret that just like fashion trends, workout fads come and go.

There's no doubt, for example, that SoulCycle has been the fitness craze of the last few years.

Celebs such as Kim K, Victoria and David Beckham, Nicole Kidman, and Oprah Winfrey were all swearing – and sweating – by it. 

Even Irish models couldn't resist testing it out: Roz Lipsett and Nadia Forde have both admitted they've attended classes Stateside.

But are we now approaching the end of SoulCyle's dominance? Because slowly and surely, waves and waves of A-listers are stepping out of the gym and into the ring.

In fact, dare we say it, we're on the verge of a brand-new, high-profile exercise movement.

Really though, when Roz Purcell said in an exclusive interview with SHEmazing! back in April that boxing was her latest fitness obsession, we should have known then that the sport was about to become a serious celeb trend.

"I started boxing about three or four months ago in Beau Jack’s off Camden Street," she revealed at the time. "I had friends tell me ‘oh you think you’re fit – you need to try these boxing classes.’ 

"The first class almost killed me. Afterwards I felt like I needed to go lie down for the rest of the day.

 

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"But now I’ve found my stride and I’m loving it. The classes are packed full of guys too so you really have no choice but to push yourself."

Since then, we've started see the sport crop up just everywhere: from our favourite BBF trio of Kendall, Gigi and Cara, to a load of the Victoria’s Secret Angels, boxing is where it’s at. 

Think Karlie Kloss, Miranda Kerr, Candice Swanepoel, Doutzen Kroes, and Adriana Lima – all of whom credit the ferocious sport with their long, toned limbs.

Aside from Cara Delevingne's latest Chanel campaign (shot by Karl Lagerfeld, natch) being set in the boxing ring, the 22-year-old beauty has also attributed her slim torso to intense boxing training. 

Alexander Wang's collection for H&M last November also, significantly, included boxing gloves. 

So why are the hottest models in the world ditching the gym for the ring?

Well, for one thing, fans say it's far more exciting than your average workout. Furthermore, it works your whole body.

Then, you also have to concentrate on footwork and choreography which can help you forget about the tiresomeness of working out.

Somehow we don’t think it’s going to be too long before the boxing classes in Irish gyms have a queue out the door too. Bye-bye SoulCycle, hello boxing ring.

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She wowed fans last week with an Instagram picture of her enviably flat stomach – and now Rozanna Purcell has revealed to SHEmazing! that boxing sessions are her new-found fitness obsession.

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Roz, who finished in the top ten of the Miss Universe 2010 competition held in Las Vegas and runs the immensely popular naturalbornfeeder.com, reckons that maintaining a flat stomach is “90 percent diet, and just 10 percent exercise.” Super-fit Ms Purcell is already well-known for competing in gruelling Ironman competitions, but lately she says that she's trying new workouts. “I’ve started boxing about three or four months ago in Beau Jack’s off Camden Street. I had friends tell me ‘oh you think you’re fit – you need to try these boxing classes.’ 

“The first class almost killed me. Afterward I felt like I needed to go lie down for the rest of the day. But now I’ve found my stride and I’m loving it. The classes are packed full of guys too so you really have no choice but to push yourself. “I still cycle or swim three or four times a week, and I run when I’m injury-free, but boxing is starting to take over a bit."

She adds: "My boyfriend Bressie keeps telling me I have to make a decision between boxing and triathlons – both for as long as I’m getting away with doing both, I’ll keep both up.”

 

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