The Story of a Title Held Hostage ⋆ Boxing News 24

By Ian Aldous: On a heat summer time’s night time in 2019, simply outdoors Glasgow, Hannah Rankin had fulfilled her purpose of changing into Scotland’s first-ever feminine boxing world champion. A unanimous choice victory over America’s Sarah Curran (now Sarah French) noticed the proud Scot seize the IBO super-welterweight world crown, dwell on BBC Scotland. The world was her oyster.

As a substitute of resting on her laurels and selecting a simple title protection on house soil, Staff Rankin made the sudden choice to journey to Malta and defend towards Patricia Berghult. The undefeated Swede was, and nonetheless is, a comparatively high-risk, low-reward fighter.

After a six-round tune-up win in Michigan, Rankin took on Berghult only a month later, in November of 2019. Simply three seconds into the competition, Rankin walked right into a Berghult left hook, and a flash knockdown immediately put the defending champion on the again foot. She would fail to carry out to her ordinary commonplace and dropped the IBO title through scores of 95-94 and 96-93 (twice).

The tight nature of the championship bout led to requires an prompt rematch, which appeared to make excellent sense. Nevertheless, Berghult and her group weren’t keen to play ball within the months that may finally precede the introduction of Covid-19 to the globe.

Regardless of repeated makes an attempt to safe a rematch, the 14-0 Swede determined to maintain the title hostage and never solely refuse to struggle Hannah however anybody in any respect.

“You understand who I wish to struggle. I need a rematch with Patricia Berghult,” Rankin informed me in July 2020 amidst the frustration of not having the ability to get the rematch.

“All people is aware of that I’ll at all times take a struggle, and I’ll by no means flip down a struggle,” she added. “I’m standing right here and saying: ‘Give me the rematch, I gave you the prospect to struggle me – give me the rematch.’ Her and her group are a bit cautious, to be completely trustworthy.”

Berghult’s group claimed that they had different fights within the pipeline that didn’t contain the Sam Kynoch-managed fighter. They reluctantly accepted that truth and moved on. Nevertheless, no fights materialized, and the belt remained inactive.


“We chased that rematch. They did all the pieces they might to not have that struggle,” Noel Callan, Hannah’s coach stated.

Fortunately, the Worldwide Boxing Group ultimately stripped Patricia of the 154-pound world title, and it, in addition to the WBA strap, might be on the road this November fifth when Rankin battles Maria Lindberg on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, dwell on Fightzone.

The 31-year-old will lastly obtain redemption and declare again her previous title that was basically held hostage for nearly TWO YEARS, ought to she get previous the Swedish veteran.

Lindberg will unquestionably maintain the expertise benefit, being 44-years-old with a 19-7-2 document. The perennial contender has, nevertheless, misplaced on all 5 events when difficult for professional world titles. She beats nearly all of her competitors however succumbs to the perfect.

“Just a few of these fights, I imagine she gained,” Callan revealed. “I imagine she beat Ema Kozin; there’s an argument to say she beat Ewa Piatkowska in Poland. She’s one of many unique OG’s from the feminine boxing recreation.”

In her final struggle, she was overwhelmed up and stopped as a late alternative by the WBO middleweight world champion, Savannah Marshall, who by the way, is the one fighter with the excellence of having the ability to cease Rankin, who unsurprisingly lasted 4 extra rounds with Marshall contemplating the 13-year age hole. Lindberg arrived within the UK for the Marshall struggle with out a coach, with little preparation, and in a weight-class above her personal.

“I count on Maria to know that is her final alternative, and if she doesn’t beat Hannah – there might be no extra calls,” Callan defined. “So I count on the most effective Maria Lindberg to show up. Maria has had a full coaching camp.”

The previous IBO world champion is presently ranked No.3 by The Ring at 154-pounds and appears to be at house on this division, having competed from 148 all the best way as much as 158-pounds.

Sparring with reigning WBC super-lightweight world champion Chantelle Cameron will solely assist sharpen her instruments forward of the crunch conflict, in addition to Omarah Taylor, Staff GB’s standout welterweight. Callan has referred to sparring for this camp as being “epic.”

Completely happy to struggle anybody at any time, wherever, with an amazing work ethic, the Scot is without doubt one of the prime examples to any teen trying to develop into a boxer. She grew to become Scotland’s first feminine world champion and is looking for to be its solely two-time feminine world champion on November fifth, while additionally changing into Dennis Hobson’s first feminine world champion and Fightzone’s first world champion. | The Story of a Title Held Hostage ⋆ Boxing News 24

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