Marshall Shows Star Quality & Timlin and Skelly Share The Spoils
Women’s boxing is currently in the middle of a mini-boom period. Eddie Hearn is giving out opportunities and they are being taken with both fists.
We saw in Fight Camp the potential, the fights delivered and any doubt that they belonged were extinguished on those August nights in the solitude of a converted back garden.
But since those breakthrough Summer evenings the progress has continued. Tonight the upward trajectory continued in different forms before the heavyweight main event took centre stage.
Amy Timlin and Carly Skelly shared the spoils in an entertaining show opener. Skelly forced the pace and can count herself a shade unlucky not to be waking up a Commonwealth champion. Timlin showed glimpses of what is to come, a rematch will be welcomed by all.
Ramla Ali followed them and put on a clinical performance to win her professional debut. Ali is likely to continue her chase for Olympic glory, but looks to have a bright future ahead of her.
Hannah Rankin was incredibly brave in her grudge match with Savannah Marshall for the vacant WBO middleweight title. But even Rankin would have been impressed by her opponent.
Marshall looked a real star in the making, at times making it look effortless in grinding down Rankin for the stoppage victory. It took 7 rounds to force the referee to intervene, but it gave plenty of time for Marshall to show her class.
Marshall and Claressa Shields look set to continue their feud, it’s too good a fight not to make.
On November 14th the woman take centre stage once again, Katie Taylor and Terri Harper face their mandatory obligations and Rachel Ball will welcome the Australian Ebanie Bridges to UK soil in a fight for the vacant WBA bantamweight title.
All three fights are unlikely to disappoint, and while the acceptance has been a long-time coming, it looks like it is here to stay.
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