MTK Scotland recently announced that Scottish female super-welterweight Hannah Rankin (4-1) would be featuring on their April 7th promotion to be held in Paisley. The team of the talented Rankin have announced that Hannah will box for the first female Commonwealth title at the time of publication on UK shores. The news of such title opportunities comes as the sport continues to transition with the opening of opportunities for female boxers to fight for domestic/area titles within the UK by the BBBofC.
Rankin will contest the newly created Commonwealth super-welterweight title against Julie Tshabalala of South Africa, who is a former foe of unified world female middleweight titleholder Christina Hammer. Possessing a record of 6 wins, 4 defeats and 2 draws, Tshabalala is a two-time world title challenger and South African welterweight and former middleweight titleholder champion.
Julie Tshabalala will box out of her native South Africa for the second time whilst Rankin will box in her native Scotland for the second consecutive time, with the majority of her fights taking place in England.
The step by the Commonwealth and the BBBofC to create titles in line with men is a positive step for the sport, bringing equality and equal opportunities for female fighters keeping them within the sport at a domestic level with a consistent pathway to development before continental and world level opportunities.