LUSS boxer Hannah Rankin will make history in April when she competes for the vacant Commonwealth super-welterweight title.

The 27-year-old will face two-time South African champion and previous world title challenger Julie Tshabalala for the belt on April 7.

The contest, at Paisley’s Lagoon Centre, will be the first female Commonwealth title to be contested in the UK as Rankin continues her rise in the world boxing scene.

Rankin, whose record sits at 4-1, blew away her opponent Klaudia Vigh in her first Scottish bout in Glasgow last month, securing a rapid 59-second stoppage.

And the Luss boxer was delighted to secure a shot at such a prestigious belt.

She said: “It’s really exciting. It was all dependent on my last fight.

“It’s opened up opportunities for me now with it being such a spectacular finish, and I’m pleased about that.”

Her opponent Tshabalala’s record sits at six wins, four losses with two tied decisions. She has previously challenged the current the WBF female super-welterweight champion, Noni Tenge, back in 2015.

And MTK Scotland promoter Sam Kynoch was delighted to have the contest on one of his shows.

He said: “It was excellent to promote Hannah’s first professional bout in Scotland in January – and to now promote her first tilt at a major title is fantastic.

“Hannah is a great role model for female boxing and sportswomen in general.”

Tickets for the event at the Lagoon Centre in Paisley are priced at £40, £60 and £100 for VIP ringside table seating.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets for the night contact Hannah via her Twitter page.