Luss boxing star Hannah Rankin believes that the postponement of her world title fight with Savannah Marshall has only delayed the inevitable.
Rankin was due to take on the unbeaten fighter on October 17 for the vacant WBO female middleweight title, however a positive Covid-19 test for Marshall’s trainer – Peter Fury – saw the bout called off days in advance.
The fight will now take place on Saturday on the undercard of Derek Chisora’s duel with Oleksandr Usyk, live on Sky Box Office, with Rankin believing that the delay has only made her more confident.
She told the Lennox Herald: “I’m ecstatic that we got it rearranged so quickly. It’s been rescheduled for the next show taking place in the UK.
“I wasn’t sure if it would happen and that’s the worst place to be when you don’t know what’s happening.
“I’m in such great shape and totally prepared for it. To fight on Derek Chisora’s undercard is brilliant too.
“I’m even more fired up than I was. As far as I’m concerned all that it’s done is delay the inevitable. That title is coming back to Scotland.”
The last-minute postponement of the fight also gave Rankin the opportunity to gain an advantage over her opponent.
The 30-year-old continued: “Me and my team arrived on Tuesday. We had our tests at 11.30am but then had to wait until the next morning for them to come back clear.
“That’s a long time to wait in a hotel room and I think my trainer was bored with me constantly Facetiming him from the room.
“Eventually they came back clear and then we had the weigh-in at midday, and I came in bang on the weight.
“I went for lunch when my manager Sam (Kynoch) called and told me he had some bad news, and that Peter Fury had tested positive so the fight was off.
“My stomach just sunk. Everything was going so well that I had kind of expected it though.
“Everything was going too well, so I was expecting something to go wrong.
“It did turn out to be a bit of a blessing in disguise though, because it gave me the opportunity to see one of my best friends Ellie Scotney in her first professional fight.
“That allowed me to see how a show with no fans is run and sort of do a dry run so I now know what to expect from a closed door