Musician Hannah Rankin well prepped for no fans at Savannah Marshall fight

By Andy CampbellBBC Sport Scotland
Rankin unperturbed by lack of fans for Marshall fight
WBO middleweight title fight: Hannah Rankin v Savannah Marshall
Venue: Wembley Arena, London Date: Saturday 31 October

Hannah Rankin says she can draw from her experience as a musician to deal with a lack of fans at Saturday's world title bout with Savannah Marshall.

Scotland's Rankin takes on unbeaten Marshall at Wembley Arena for the vacant WBO middleweight belt.

The fight had been scheduled for 17 October but was delayed when English fighter Marshall's trainer Peter Fury tested positive for Covid-19.

"For me it doesn't make any difference," said bassoonist Rankin.

"Coming from my musical background, I've performed in massive auditoriums with massive audiences and I've performed to two people, like my mum and dad, when I was doing solo performances.

"This is a big fight. I'm feeling like it's not going to be make much of a difference."

Rankin last fought in February, defeating Hungarian Eva Bajic by knockout, having lost her IBO female super-welterweight title to Sweden's Patricia Berghult last November.

Marshall, who secured an eighth win out of eight against American Ashleigh Curry a year ago, is similarly unperturbed by the lack of spectators.

"Fighting in front of fans, without fans doesn't really bother me," she said. "I feel more sorry for the fans and also people who are close to me like my mum and dad, especially my dad.

"My dad's been all over the world to watch me fight and he can't come to watch his daughter have her first professional world title.

"I'm expecting the best Hannah Rankin there is. I've trained for the best Hannah Rankin and I'm expecting a tough fight."

Kash Farooq was also due to fight on the undercard of the Oleksandr Usyk v Dereck Chisora event, but the Scot's bout has been cancelled after a member of his team tested positive for Covid-19.

Former British bantamweight champion Farooq, who was scheduled to face Mexico's Martin Tecuapetla, has not fought since losing his belt to compatriot Lee McGregor last November.

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