LUSS boxer Hannah Rankin will have to wait for her chance to be crowned a two-time world champion - after her upcoming opponent's trainer tested positive for coronavirus.

Rankin was ready to take on Savannah Marshall for the vacant WBO middleweight title this weekend, with Saturday's bout scheduled for a live slot on Sky Sports.

However the fight was called off on Wednesday after Marshall's trainer Peter Fury confirmed he had tested positive for Covid-19, forcing himself and his protégé into quarantine for 14 days.

The showpiece event will be rescheduled as soon as possible, according to promoters Matchroom Boxing, and Rankin says she'll be ready whenever a date is set.

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Posting on Twitter, the former Hermitage Academy pupil wrote: "So gutted my world title fight is off due to @peterfury testing positive for Covid. I wish Peter well +hope he recovers soon! @Savmarshall1 don’t go off the boil, keep the weight off + @EddieHearn do not let her off the hook! I want this fight, I win this fight!"

Hartlepool native Marshall currently boasts an undefeated 8-0 record, including six KOs, however Rankin doesn’t think that her opponent has faced anyone of any note and hopes her experience can come out on top.

Speaking to the Advertiser before this weekend's fight was cancelled, she said: “I said earlier this year I would be a two-time world champion and I would bring that world title back home, and this is me getting my opportunity to deliver on that so I’m really excited about it.

“I feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in and I’m going in there to bring the title back to Scotland.

“She’s not really been tested – she hasn’t had anyone her own weight or anyone that’s actually had a full camp to train and fight her. She’s never done a world title fight before and there’s a lot of pressure on her shoulders.

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“I’m a much more experienced professional fighter so we’ll see how she can hack it when it comes to it.

“It’s the first time she’s made that weight as a professional so loads of firsts for her and nothing new for me.”

But Rankin admits that doesn’t mean she is taking her opponent lightly, and she is expecting a feisty encounter in the battle of Britain.

She continued: “I think you’d be a fool to underestimate anybody when you get into the ring.

“It’s a dangerous sport and You’re not going in there to cuddle; you’re going in there to fight each other. I think there’s going to be fireworks in this fight; it’s not going to be for the feint hearted.

“There’s going to be blood and everything else going on so I think it’ll be eye opening for the British public for sure and I think that’s quite exciting.”

Rankin’s fight was due to come on the same weekend as that of Dumbarton boxer Martin Harkin, who is set to face Michael McKinson on Sunday evening, and she hopes that they can put the west of Scotland on the boxing map.

She continued: “I think it’s so exciting that we’re fighting the same weekend, and also I’ve got Kash Farooq from Glasgow on the same card as me so it’s like a full blown Scottish weekend to be honest.

"The fact Martin is fighting as well is brilliant. I’m really excited for Scottish boxing at the moment.”

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