Having already made history as Scotland’s first women’s boxing world champion, Hannah Rankin will once again etch herself in the history books this Friday by becoming the first woman to headline a major fight event in Scotland when they face Alejandra Ayala.
The 31-year-old will make her first defense of her WBA and IBO World Super Welterweight titles against the Mexican, with a huge crowd expected inside Glasgow’s OVO Hydro for an all-Scottish boxing night. A two-time and now two-time world title holder, Rankin is in excellent shape to enter the fight after beating Sweden’s Maria Lindberg at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last November to claim the vacant super-welterweight belts.
But stands in her way the 33-year-old Mexican, who has won 14 of her 19 fights, with eight knockouts to her credit. An aggressive style fighter, Ayala will have her first attempt at world honors but it will be a tough one in front of the home crowd.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to fight at Hydro,” Rankin said. “It’s one of the main venues in Scotland and every Scottish fighter would love the chance to fight there. So to be the main event there, I’m absolutely abuzz.
“I really want this night to be a showcase of Scottish talent because boxing in Scotland is absolutely flying right now. Ayala can have as many weeks as she wants but she won’t strip me of my belts at home in front of my Scottish fans.
Ahead of Friday’s fight, here’s everything you need to know:
When is Rankin vs. Ayala?
The event will take place on Friday, May 13. Fighters are expected to ring in around 10:00 p.m. (BST).
Where is Rankin versus Ayala?
The fight will take place at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow.
How can I watch Rankin vs Ayala?
In the UK, you can stream Rankin vs Ayala on FightZone either through their website or the Fightzone app. A month’s subscription costs £4.99, while a year costs £55 via the Fightzone app.
Who else is on the fight card?
Nathaniel Collins versus Jacob Robinson; Commonwealth featherweight title
Kieran Smith versus Ismael Seck; Average weight
Michael McGurk vs. Alex Privat; Super welterweight
Calvin McCord versus Ezequiel Gregores; Lightweight
Regan Glackin vs. Robin Zamora; super light
Jordan Grant versus Michal Gazdik; Light heavyweight
Darren Johnstone versus Lewis van Poetsch; super middle
Joe Ham versus Stefan Nicolae; super bantamweight