Hannah Rankin with the Saltire and the precious belt she won in Paisley on Saturday. Picture: SNS.

Hannah Rankin lands first female world boxing title for Scotland

Hannah Rankin needs to pee. It is gone midnight on Saturday night and, deep inside a leisure centre in Paisley, a remarkably patient lady from the IBO is accompanying Scotland’s first female world champion back and forth as she tries to produce the sample needed for the mandatory post-fight drugs test. And they say elite level boxing is all glamour.

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Hearts manager Craig Levein with Uche Ikpeazu at full time. Pic: SNS/Craig Foy

Get off Craig Levein’s back, urges Hearts striker Uche Ikpeazu

Faith and good fortune helped guide Hearts into another Scottish Cup final. A 3-0 semi-final victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden was prefaced by a silent prayer from man-of-the-match Jake Mulraney and followed by a call from striker Uche Ikpeazu for the Hearts fans to have greater belief in manager Craig Levein.

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