SCOTLAND’S first ever female boxing world champion, Hannah Rankin, kept up her recent winning form by defeating American opponent Erin Toughill in Michigan on Saturday.

Rankin, a former Hermitage Academy pupil from Luss, saw off veteran 42-year-old Toughill with a unanimous points decision after six rounds in Flint, on the undercard of Claressa Shields versus Ivana Habazin, which was called off at the weigh-in following an assault on Habazin’s trainer.

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The controversy didn’t affect Rankin, however, who put in another composed showing to earn her first win stateside since signing up with Salita Promotions.

Rankin, nicknamed the “Classical Warrior” due to her day job as a teacher and her passion for classical music, posted on social media afterwards: “Super happy with my first win out here in the US under the Salita Promotions banner!

“Thank you for all the support at home and for the people who bought tickets to come watch me out here.

“Thank you to Erin for a good fight and to my whole team who always look after me.”

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The 29-year-old’s professional record now stands at eight wins and three losses and she will contest an official defence of her IBO super-welterweight title - which she won in June after beating Sarah Curran in Paisley - in November with a scheduled bout in Malta.

After Saturday’s fight, which was her first since that June showpiece in front of a national TV audience, Rankin added: “Everyone who knows me knows I can’t sit still... stand by for some more exciting news.”