Hannah Rankin retains WBA and IBO titles against Alejandra Ayala | Boxing News

Hannah Rankin defended her WBA & IBO super-middleweight title after a 10th round stoppage-time win over Alejandra Ayala.

Rankin grows as the fight progresses, before connecting well in the final round and causing a halt.

Victory for the Scot raises the prospect of her stepping into the ring with Natasha Jonas.

Speaking before Rankin’s fight, Jonas said Sports sky that she will be watching closely, and Rankin has also said that she witnessed a reunification first-hand.

“We’re waiting to see the outcome of her fight,” said Jonas. “The ranked battle is the one we both want and we both believe we can win, so it’s been an exciting time.

“The whole point of moving up the weight classes was to give yourself options and I believe I have that now.”

Rankin fights Ayala in front of 4,500 huge crowds in Glasgow, a ‘battle for the homeland’ as Jonas calls it, and that’s something the 37-year-old will be very interested in.

“I will do that [fight Rankin] wherever. The idea was to do it, which could have been like a trip back home to me in Liverpool.

“But, to be honest, I don’t really mind that I have it.

“I’ve gone to everyone’s backyard before, and it hasn’t made any difference for me.”

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