Katie Taylor has declared that a rematch with Delfine Persoon is "inevitable" after returning to Ireland as a five-belt world lightweight champion.
In boxing terminology, Taylor is the undisputed champ, having secured Persoon's WBC crown and the Ring belt to add to her WBA, WBO and IBF straps, but the judges' decision to award her the bout in New York on Saturday has certainly been open to dispute.
Irish peers of the boxer such as Carl Frampton and Kenny Egan have suggested she was lucky to be declared the winner and though the Bray woman believes it was a deserved, if narrow, victory, she also accepts that she will have to fight the Belgian again to put any doubts to rest.
"It was a very, very close fight but we knew from the earlier rounds that we won the fight," Taylor told RTÉ Radio 1's Today with Sean O'Rourke programme.
"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.
"I think a rematch is inevitable. It's a fight that people want to see again. I can't wait for it.
She later added: "It doesn't take any shine off (the victory) for me. That's what happens in close fights.
"A few people had it her way, a few people had it my way. That's what makes a brilliant fight. I look forward to the rematch."
Taylor's manager Brian Peters agreed that the duo would meet again but suggested that the fight would come later rather than sooner.
"When rounds are very close they can go either way but certainly I told Katie in the ring after that we won it and I believe we won five of the first six rounds and we got the ninth round," he told RTÉ Sport.
"But look, again, it’s very close and there’s no doubt, it’s inevitable there will be a rematch sometime, not immediately."
"It’s great to touch down on Irish soil again. To see the support here is phenomenal. This is an absolute dream. The best part is to see all the female boxers here." @KatieTaylor arrived back in Dublin with fans and media waiting. pic.twitter.com/A2wWdPUEzD— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) June 4, 2019
Taylor was speaking after her arrival at Dublin airport, where crowds turned out to salute their hero this morning.
"It's a great welcome. It's great to be home and to see the support is absolutely phenomenal," she said.
"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."
Fans had travelled from all around Ireland to welcome Taylor home, including young boxer Lucy Molloy.
"I'm 10 years old and I love boxing," she told RTÉ.
"Katie Taylor is an inspiration for me. She's an Olympic medallist and she's a world champion boxer."
Lucy's father Steve added: "When the girls see the likes of Katie Taylor and Kellie Harrington with gold medals and world champion belts it's very good for little girls."