Usyk vs Chisora: Savannah Marshall stops Hannah Rankin to become the new WBO middleweight champion

Savannah Marshall halts Brit rival Hannah Rankin in WBO title fight - watch Usyk vs Chisora on Sky Sports Box Office

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Savannah Marshall calls for a fight with Claressa Shields after winning WBO belt

Savannah Marshall sealed a masterful stoppage win over Hannah Rankin to become the new WBO middleweight champion at Wembley Arena.

The former world amateur champion was a class above her Scottish rival from the opening bell and Marshall joined the list of British women world champions to keep herself on course for a potential showdown with American star Claressa Shields.

Marshall tried to establish her probing jab in the opening round, but Rankin darted into range to deliver clubbing counter punches.

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Image: Marshall troubled Rankin from the early rounds

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A jolting uppercut breached Rankin's defences as Marshall started to settle in the second round, while the Hartlepool fighter hammered in body shots before backing smoothly away in the third.

Rankin's toughness continued to be severely tested in the fourth, with Marshall unloading hurtful combinations, and the Scot had to withstand stiff right hands in the fifth.

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Image: The one-sided fight was halted in the seventh round

Marshall, utilising her clever foot movement, continued her steady assault in the sixth and she broke Rankin's brave resistance in the seventh.

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A sustained attack unravelled the defences of Rankin, who took a knee, and the referee waved it off when she rose to her feet.

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