Natasha Jonas could unify the belts with Hannah Rankin after finally becoming world champion at the third attempt | boxing news

Natasha Jonas could be on a collision course between England and Scotland with Hannah Rankin after becoming world champions.

Jonas fulfilled his third-time asking dream by twice dropping Christian Namus in a two-round blowout to win the WBO super-welterweight title on Saturday.

Rankin, who holds the WBA belt in the same division and had a front row seat to watch Jonas, opened the door to a future meeting.

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Natasha Jonas was thrilled to win a world title at the third attempt after stopping Chris Namus in the second round

“I think it makes sense,” said promoter Ben Shalom.

“She wants to unify next and I’m sure we can make that happen.”

Jonas said: “I respect Hannah, she’s a champion. But I believe I can do it.

“I’m confident I can do the job.”

AMIR KHAN v KELL BROOK 19-2-2022.AO ARENA, MANCHESTER.PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG.NATASHA JONAS v CHRIS NAMUS

Jonas, now 37, had fallen terribly short in world title challenges against Terri Harper and Katie Taylor and was likely on his last chance at glory.

She had spoken of the heartbreak of returning home without the title belt she had promised her daughter.

But after becoming WBO champion, she said: “I can’t even put it into words. People think I’m exaggerating when I say it means everything, but they don’t know the sacrifices that, not only boxers , but all athletes suffer.

“I’ve been through hell and been through ups and downs. It’s worth it for what’s on my shoulder.

AMIR KHAN v KELL BROOK 19-2-2022.AO ARENA, MANCHESTER.PIC LAWRENCE LUSTIG.NATASHA JONAS v CHRIS NAMUS

“I have the most supportive friends and family in the world. My baby girl is home with my cousin. Baby…Mom made it. This is for you.”

She said of the fight: “I was prepared for a tough battle and I knew it would be. I have to give her props, she took it off the cuff but I respected who she was and what she had brought.

“I knew if I did everything I did in sparring and put it in the ring, I would win. It was just a case of how I did it.

“You never want to go overtime in this sport and I got it in the first round. Joe said ‘go for it’ and I did. Luckily I got the stoppage. “