Scotland’s Hannah Rankin will get her third crack at a world title when she takes on American Sarah Curran in front of her native fans on the 15th June.
Having taken chances at world honours in the two weight divisions above her natural one, Rankin finally gets a crack at a 154lbs title when the vacant IBO World Championship will be on the line at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley.
Hannah’s coach Noel Callan had this to say:
“In the 5 years that I’ve trained Hannah no one works harder and June will be the first crowning moment of her career as I watch her get the job done against a very tough American champion. Whatever Curran brings it will not be enough; Saturday June 15th Hannah will make history and be crowned Scotland’s first female professional world boxing champion.”
This fight comes a day shy of the anniversary of Rankin’s last title win when she won the WBC Silver Middleweight Title, outpointing the over matched Sanna Turunen. Between that night and this title tilt Rankin has dropped point decisions to WBA Super-Middleweight World Champion Alicia Napoleon and then went the distance against the woman many see as the P4P Queen Claressa Shields for the WBA, WBC and IBF Middleweight World Titles. Finally back in her natural weight class, Rankin is looking forward to putting on a show in front of her fellow Scots
“It’s fantastic to announce I will be fighting for the IBO Super-Welterweight World Title at home in Scotland!” #TeamSouthpawJab member Rankin told us “My last two world title shots have been at weights above my own but now this is my time to shine and become Scotland’s first ever female World Champion – And the NEW!”
In the opposing corner is Illinois native Sarah Curran who won the ABF Welterweight Championship in her last bout, outpointing the previously unbeaten Shianne Gist back in November 2018