FORMER Hermitage Academy pupil Hannah Rankin has spoken of her disappointment after her historic Commonwealth title fight was postponed.

The 27-year-old, who grew up in Luss, was due to fight Julie Tshabalala at the Lagoon Centre in Paisley on Saturday for the vacant Commonwealth super-welterweight belt.

But due to visa issues her opponent was unable to make the fight, and with such short notice Rankin was unable to find another opponent.

She said: “I’m totally gutted to be honest. It’s really frustrating as we worked so hard to get everything together for it.

“It was a last minute thing completely outwith my control – the visa didn’t work and she doesn’t happen.

“There wasn’t any time to get another person as they all needed to get visas as well. We tried to get anyone else – another person for a different belt – but there was nobody wanting to, so that was really frustrating.

“It’s really disappointing as I’ve trained for eight weeks for it, it’s been a really good camp, and it’s just really disappointing for all the people coming to see it.

“I’m pretty gutted about that.”

However, promoters MTK Scotland are having another show on June 16, where Rankin will fight for the Commonwealth title again, this time with a different opponent.

While she’s pleased to have the fight rearranged, the new date means she might not be the first female UK boxer to win a Commonwealth title on British soil.

Leeds boxer Sam Smith is due to fight on June 9.

But despite the setback, Rankin is determined to get back to training this week as she counts down to her next bout, and paid tribute to her supporters and team.

She added: “The one thing that has been really disappointing is that I’m one week away from it being the first UK female. But I’ll still be the first Scottish female.

“I’m starting training again, I’m back in the gym. Having a new opponent this time I’m going to need to work on a few things.

“We raised £1,200 already towards the sanctioning fees. It’s been great to get such a massive support from everybody.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me so far. When I fight for this Commonwealth title I’ll be getting the opportunity thanks to the support from the public, the support of my team and the support of my sponsors.”