Give Women 3 Minute Championship Fights Says Female Boxer Rankin…

Give Women 3 Minute Championship Fights Says Female Boxer Rankin…


For most of the 20th Century, women’s boxing was banned in the UK until a breakthrough in the 1990s, where the AIBA passed a resolution to allow women’s boxing in November 1993. In 1999, it held the inaugural European Cup for Women, followed by the first-ever World Championship in 2001 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Since then, the sport’s popularity has increased rapidly, with the introduction of the Women’s World and European Championships as regular features in the international boxing calendar. Women compete with vests and head guards and box for 4×2 minute rounds. Gb Boxing…

Now in 2024.

Hannah Rankin is the Ambassador for BoxWise, a social enterprise scheme for the community and is global – a not-for-profit enterprise that offers 10-week non-contact boxing programs to empower and support young people in the community. It will soon, she said, receive full charitable status.

Rankin entered boxing in her 20s, and is a two-time World Champion of the Sport and was the first World Champion for Scotland.

She told SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor that she was really proud to be part of a great initiative as she’s passionate about supporting young people through sport – and boxing.

“We really see such positive results in communities and young people that take part in the course, increasing confidence, and well-being, as well as maximising their opportunities going forward.”

You wouldn’t want to mess with Rankin, as she’s also dabbled in Taekwondo, but didn’t get into combat sports until her 20s.

Rankin is delighted, she said, that BoxWise will soon receive full charitable status.

“I see the future of women’s boxing as very bright. There’s been such growth over the past few years and ironically, I think the lockdown in 2020 did us a favour as more women’s fights were shown behind closed doors and we had a captive audience to showcase just how exciting women’s fights are.”

She urges young women who might want to get into boxing to just do it, and get in there down your club.

“Whether you want to compete, or just stay fit, boxing is great for your physical and mental wellbeing.”

Rankin was Scotland’s first female World Champion, and it was an amazing achievement, she said.

“Making History for Scotland is something I will never forget, she added. Next stop is getting that third World title for Scotland.”

Rankin enjoys shadow-boxing as a warmup. She says it focuses your mind and thinks it’s a great warm-up for kids and young adults.

She added: “There’s so many variations you can add in, and get people in pairs, lots of possibilities!”

She says boxing is a safe-haven, and everyone’s treated equally at a boxing gym. The coaching staff are like family to a lot of these young people.

“I admire anyone that has the courage to lace up the gloves on fight night.”

Her favourite fighters are Arturo Gatti, a Canadian boxer, who died in 2009, who won two World titles in two weight classes and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Rankin also likes Claressa Shields. She likes Gatti because he always entertained the fans.

“Claressa is a great fighter of our generation who I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the ring with and sparring many rounds and she always shows up with skills on show on fight night.”

Shields, 29, is an American boxer with multiple titles in different disciplines, and also a mixed Martial Artist.

She is one of only three boxers in history, female or male, to hold all four major world titles in boxing—WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO, in two weight classes.

Outside of her BoxWise and her competitive boxing career, Rankin enjoys baking and is a classical musician.

I enjoy playing in concerts and working with young people and the elderly, especially those living with Alzheimers and Dementia. It’s a passion of mine and I love what I do.”

The main change she would love to see in women’s boxing is this.

“I’d love to see the women eventually get three-minute rounds or even just 12 x 2 minutes for Championship fights as I really feel this would develop the depth of women’s boxing.”


SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor has reported on many worthy causes in snooker, including the promotion of WDBS events, World Women’s Snooker, and the amateur game and club snooker.

EVERY SO OFTEN on this website, we will showcase something in a sport that is providing a great benefit to the community or the sport, whether that’s a funding scheme, or something someone has set up themselves as a private individual.

Thanks to Hannah Rankin for her time and good luck with Boxwise and her career. 

For the governing body for boxing …

England Boxing is the National Governing Body for the sport of Boxing in England, overseeing more than 980 affiliated clubs and more than 23,000 members spread across the country.



GB Boxing was established in August 2008 to manage the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) for boxing. The purpose of the organization is to train and develop the best male and female boxers from England, Scotland, and Wales and give them the best possible opportunity to win medals at major international tournaments and the Olympic Games.



Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!