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ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Title means so much to Rankin after she edges out Curran, writes Jon Bruce from ringside

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ON the Kynoch Promotions event at Paisley Lagoon, billed as “History in the Making”, due to Hannah Rankin from Luss was making a bid for the vacant IBO super-welterweig­ht title. For many in the industry, including this publicatio­n, the IBO is not a legitimate world belt but for Rankin, who has worked so hard to get into this position, it will rightly mean the world.

Now in her more natural weight class after failed attempts for major belts at middle and super-middle, she faced off against slick Illinois boxer Sarah Curran. Rankin struggled to close down Curran in the first few rounds and the American’s movement was causing her some problems.

By the fourth Rankin was coming back into things although it was still a nip-andtuck fight with some of the rounds being hard to score. It was all down to who wanted it more and who caught the judges’ eye over the second half of the fight.

In the end, they preferred the comeforwar­d style of Rankin over the defensive skills of Curran. Marcus Mcdonnell held Rankin’s arm high as all three judges scored the contest 96-94 in her favour afer a bout which could really have gone either way.

A delighted Hannah and team celebrated and they should all feel exceptiona­lly proud. It’s been an amazing journey.

In the chief support, which proved the fight of the night, Ahmed Ibrahim was vying for the Scottish super-lightweigh­t title against Livingston’s undefeated Martin

Taylor over 10 rounds. Taylor started well but was gradually being ground down by the harder shots of Glaswegian Ibrahim. The seventh in particular was an absolute war and from there it looked like it would all depend who had more energy left.

It turned out to be Ibrahim and Taylor was starting to look weary and battle-worn in the last few rounds, Mr Mcdonnell confirmed the result as 97-94.

Chris “Trigger” Wood was in a scheduled four at super-middleweig­ht against the popular Lydney fighter Lewis

Van Poetsch. Trigger dominated “Poochi” from the opening bell and referee Paul O’connor had an easy job scoring this bout 40-36 in favour of the Dumfries man.

Calvin Mccord and Reading’s Ibrar Riyaz went at it for six rounds in a superlight­weight clash, referee John Mcguire declaring the Ayr man victorious with a score of 60-57.

Jordan Mccorry geared up for his WBO European title clash next month with a tune up fight at lightweigh­t against Belfast’s Alec Bazza over four rounds. The Cambuslang fighter didn’t want to risk getting cut so took no chances as he coasted to victory, referee O’connor scoring 40-36.

All-action Neil Mccubbin typically gave everything in a flyweight contest against Lithuanian Marius Vsniauskas. At the end of the pulsating four rounds Mr Mcguire scored 40-37 for Mccubbin.

Corey Mcculloch went up against Atherton veteran William Warburton in a super-welterweig­ht four-rounder. Boxing within himself, Mcculloch looks capable of more but victory was confirmed for the Arbroath man at 39-37 for referee O’connor.

Debutant Ian O’connor won a points victory over four rounds at supermiddl­eweight against Londoner Jordan Grannum. Referee Mcguire scored the bout in favour of the Glasgow man 40-37.

Livingston’s Thomas Dickson got back to winning ways over four rounds against Glaswegian Gary Mcguire as the lightweigh­t contest was tallied 40-37 by referee O’connor.

Dumfries heavyweigh­t Kaseem Saleem got off to a winning pro start against Colin Goldhawk from Hoddesdon over four rounds, referee Mcguire scoring the contest 40-37.

THE VERDICT New opportunit­ies await Rankin at super-welterweig­ht and one suspects we haven’t seen the last of Curran.

 ?? Photo: SHABBA SHAFIQ/SWT SCNC ?? BLONDE AMBITION: Determined Rankin takes the fight to Curran
Photo: SHABBA SHAFIQ/SWT SCNC BLONDE AMBITION: Determined Rankin takes the fight to Curran

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