LUSS super-welterweight boxer Hannah Rankin is targetting more title glory after a standout debut year as a professional boxer.

The former Hermitage Academy pupil, who now lives in London, enjoyed a successful start to life as a pro, picking up three wins in four fights, including picking up an International Challenge Belt, headlining a show at the prestigious York Hall venue.

The fighter, whose nickname is ‘The Classical Warrior’, thanks to her day job as a professional classical musician, is hoping to chalk up another win later this month in Glasgow.

The January 26 bout, at the city’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, will be Rankin’s first in Scotland with three more to come later this year.

The 27-year-old will also be the first female to fight on an MTK show, where she will face the experienced Klaudia Vigh over eight rounds, as Rankin sets her sights on a Commonwealth or European title by the end of the year.

She said: “I’m buzzing that I’ll be the first one. I’m set up for four fights in Scotland this year and they’re happy to have me on the shows.

“The hope for this year is a European or a Commonwealth title, and I’m not too far off that at the moment.”

Rankin, who trained in taekwondo as a youngster, sidelined her martial arts as she focussed on her musical career, studying first at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before doing her masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

After settling into life down in the capital, Hannah took up boxing under the guidance of Noel Callen and the management of former heavyweight Commonwealth and European champion Derek Williams.

After starting off with white collar boxing, raising money for charity, the Luss fighter wanted to take the sport more seriously after falling in love with it.

She was faced with the choice of either going down the amateur route and targetting the Olympics, or going professional, and Rankin chose the latter.

And winning the title at the York Hall venue in London, one of Britain’s most prestigious boxing venues, fully justified her choice.

“It was absolutely amazing,” she added.

“I’ve been to see so many of my favourite boxers box there and Derek said to me he’s boxed all over the world and it’s still the best atmosphere for boxing.

“I was glad I put on a good fight and won the belt.”