Hannah Rankin vs Sarah Curran

Hannah Rankin fights for the IBO World title live on BBC Scotland

Published On Monday, June 10, 2019By Tim Rickson

Hannah Rankin vs Sarah Curran will  be broadcast live on BBC Scotland

Hannah Rankin's (6-3) quest to claim the vacant women's IBO world light-middleweight title will be shown live on BBC Scotland.

The Luss fighter faces American Sarah Curran (4-1-1) on Saturday, June 15 at the Lagoon Centre in Paisley.

The bout will be broadcast live on the BBC Scotland channel and the BBC Sport Scotland website from 22:50 BST.

Rankin, 28, has won six of her nine professional bouts, most recently beating Eva Pajic on points in January.

It will be the Scot's third crack at a world title in a third different weight division. Both heartbreaks were in the States, firstly against Alicia Napoleon Espinosa (9-1) for the WBA world female super-middleweight title; then she challenged female superstar Claressa Shields (6-0) unsuccessfully for her WBC, WBA and IBF world middleweight titles.

Her opponent, 26, last fought in November, defeating compatriot Shianne Gist, and has won four of her six bouts as a professional.

Fight promoter and Rankin's manager, Sam Kynoch, said: "We're absolutely thrilled that BBC Scotland will provide live coverage of what could prove a historic night for Scottish boxing."

Livingston's Martin Taylor (6-0) says he’s determined to bring a belt back to his town when he takes on 'The Black Assassin' Ahmed Ibrahim (9-2-1) for the Scottish super-lightweight title on the undercard.

Unbeaten Taylor, 33, will travel 42 miles along the M8 to enter into a 10-round championship contest with Ibrahim, who will be occupying the home corner on the night.