Hannah Rankin and Savannah Marshall to contest world title on Usyk-Chisora card

Scotland’s Hannah Rankin will meet England’s Savannah Marshall in their rescheduled bout for the vacant WBO middleweight world title on 31 October.

Hannah Rankin is to fight Savannah Marshall for the vacant WBO middleweight world title. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS
Hannah Rankin is to fight Savannah Marshall for the vacant WBO middleweight world title. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

The contest will take place on the undercard of the Oleksandr Usyk versus Derek Chisora fight after their first meeting was postponed.

Rankin, 30, and 29-year-old Marshall were due to meet earlier in the month but the all-British title bout was delayed as Peter Fury, Marshall’s trainer, tested positive for Covid-19.

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Hartlepool-born Marshall won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games while Rankin lost the IBO super-welterweight title to Patricia Berghult in Malta last year.

“Honestly it has been a dream to have this fight rescheduled so quickly,” said Marshall.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better or bigger platform than on the Usyk vs. Chisora bill.”

Rankin, who was the first Scottish fighter to clinch a women’s boxing world title when she defeated Sarah Curran to win the IBO super-welterweight title last year, tweeted: “Time to finish the job”.

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