They say that when you want something very much and you work for it, everything comes along. So it is for the 154 lbs. champion of the World Boxing Association, Hannah Rankin. She had the desire to defend her crown in the company of her people: next April 23 she will fight Alejandra Ayala in Glasgow, Scotland, where Rankin lives.
After winning the title in November last year, as well as the IBO title, the rhythmic punching specialist had expressed the value that the dream of being able to fight in her hometown had for her. Having been crowned, she immediately went back to the gym with her sights set on her next commitments for 2022. And this is it.
She will face an experienced opponent who has been part of tough fights. The Mexican Ayala has faced challenges like Savanna Marshall or Marie Eve Dicaire. The latter being the one with whom she has fought the most. Now she will have her first world title shot against Rankin.
The owner of the black and gold belt comes with a total of 11 victories, 2 of which were by knockout and 5 setbacks. While Ayala will be presented with 14 wins with 8 finished before the limit and 5 defeats.