Hannah Rankin, who has already made history as Scotland’s first World Women’s Boxing Champion, will make history again this Friday when she becomes the first woman to officiate a major fighting event in Scotland when she takes on Alejandra Ayala.
The 31-year-old will make her first defense of her WBA and IBO super-welterweight world titles against the Mexican, with a huge crowd expected at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro for a night of Scottish boxing. A two-time and now two-time world champion, Rankin is in excellent form after defeating Sweden’s Maria Lindberg at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last November to clinch the vacant super welterweight belts.
But standing in her way is the 33-year-old Mexican, who has won 14 of her 19 fights by eight KOs. Ayala is an aggressive fighter and will make her first attempt at world fame but it will be a difficult task in front of her home crowd.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be fighting in the hydro,” said Rankin. “It’s one of the most important venues in Scotland and any Scottish fighter would love the chance to fight there. So, to be the main event there, I’m absolutely thrilled.
“I really want this night to be a showcase of Scottish talent because boxing in Scotland is absolutely flying at the moment. Ayala can have as many weeks as she wants but she won’t take my belts from me at home in front of my Scottish fans.”
Ahead of this Friday’s fight, here’s everything you need to know:
When is Rankin vs Ayala?
The event will take place on Friday 13 May. The fighters are expected to head to the ring around 10pm (BST).
Where’s Rankin vs Ayala?
The fight will take place at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow.
How can I watch Rankin v Ayala?
In the UK, you can stream Rankin vs Ayala on FightZone, either through their website or through the Fightzone app. A month’s subscription costs £4.99, while a year costs £55 via the Fightzone app.
Who else is on the battle map?
Nathaniel Collins versus Jacob Robinson; Commonwealth Featherweight Title
Kieran Smith vs. Ismael Seck; medium weight
Michael McGurk vs. Alex Private; super welterweight
Calvin McCord versus Ezequiel Gregores; Easy
Regan Glackin versus Robin Zamora; Super light
Jordan Grant vs. Michal Gazdik; Light heavyweight
Darren Johnstone versus Lewis van Poetsch; Super middleweight
Joe Ham versus Stefan Nicolae; Super bantamweight