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Result: Savannah Marshall overcomes Hannah Rankin to win WBO middleweight title

Savannah Marshall improved her record to 9-0, with seven wins inside the distance.

Savannah Marshall claimed the vacant WBO middleweight crown in stunning style as she handed Hannah Rankin her first stoppage defeat in the all-British world title fight at Wembley's SSE Arena.

The Hartlepool fighter was on top throughout, marking up her Scottish opponent on the undercard of Dereck Chisora's heavyweight bout against former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.

Marshall stepped on the gas in the seventh of the scheduled 10 rounds, with a couple of brutal body shots amid a flurry of activity which forced Rankin to take a knee.

While Rankin gamely rose to her feet, referee Phil Edwards waved the fight off as Marshall joined fellow Britons Chantelle Cameron and Terri Harper in becoming a world champion this year.

She said: "I'm over the moon. For months now, I've watched all the other Matchroom girls get their chances and grab them with both hands and there have been times when I've thought 'When is my chance ever going to come?'

"Here it did and I've certainly grabbed it with both hands."

This fight was initially supposed to take place a fortnight ago but was moved to Halloween when Marshall's trainer Peter Fury tested positive for coronavirus.

Rankin slipped to 9-5 and has now lost all three of her fights when a major world title has been on the line but Marshall has improved her record to 9-0, with seven wins inside the distance.

She added on Sky Sports: "I've had nine fights in three years and I've learned that sometimes it's not just about the fighting. But Peter's always said if you're good enough you'll get there."

The 29-year-old has her sights set on Claressa Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medallist who is 10-0 as a professional and holds world titles at middleweight and the division below.

Marshall handed Shields her only defeat to date at amateur or professional level after beating the American en route to winning the 2012 World Championships.

Marshall added: "The only reason Claressa got the belts is because she got there before me, not because she's better than me, I'll tell you now she certainly isn't and I know she doesn't want anything to do with me."

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

> Today's schedule in full
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