Will bassoonist become world boxing champion?

Will bassoonist become world boxing champion?


norman lebrecht

August 04, 2018

Hannah Rankin, 28, a professional bassoonist, is fighting tonight for the WBA super-middleweight title at the Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.

Read more here.

We’re all tooting for her at Slipped Disc.


  • Nathaniel Rosen says:

    I am a professional cellist and a boxing fan, so——-wow!

  • Brian says:

    Hope she’s wearing headgear. Otherwise, I’d say if the bassoon doesn’t rattle her brain, the boxing will…

  • Nathaniel Rosen says:

    Sorry, no headgear in the pros. It is as dangerous as playing a concerto for the first time in public with orchestra. The idea in both cases. but especially with a bigger opponent which she will be facing, is to avoid getting hit and not to panic!

  • barry guerrero says:

    How American is that! I love it – bassoon and boxing. Makes me want to throw out an immigrant or two – JUST KIDDING!!! (I like having fruits and vegetables in my local markets). Good luck!

    • barry guerrero says:

      How utter stupid of me to presume: she’s a British bassoonist and boxer. I’m sorry she lost.

      • Davidrmoran says:

        Scotland !

        • barry guerrero says:

          Yep. Dumber and dumber: I think I want to marry her – she could knock some sense into me and make me listen to her bassoon (seriously, I enjoy the bassoon. In fact, it’s pretty much only the bassoon concertos that I enjoy listening to by Vivaldi).

  • mr oakmountain says:

    When Grandfather saw that the wolf was attacking Peter, he threw himself towards the wolf and knocked it out with a right hook. Cue bassoon solo.

  • davidrmoran says:

    got pounded

    • Nathaniel Rosen says:

      The other lady was bigger.

      • davidrmoran says:

        Huh? Where do you get this stuff? Why post wrongly and confidently about something so easily checked? Jeez louise. Rankin is ~3″ taller and a couple pounds heavier.

        • Nathaniel Rosen says:

          Forgive me. I stand corrected. I did read an article about this fight that said that Rankin was jumping from Junior Middleweight to Super Middleweight in order to take advantage of the opportunity of fighting Napoleon for the championship.

  • Uzi says:

    Go, Hanna, Go!
    (From a proud bassoonist)

  • Alex Davies says:

    Perhaps Norman would like to follow this up with a profile of the fantastic young British soprano Charlotte Beament, who does non-contact boxing. She can’t take up regular boxing as injury could ruin her singing career.

  • John Borstlap says:

    As soon as I’ve mastered the solo in the Sacre I’ll take-up boxing as well, to contribute to the liberation of our gender!


  • william osborne says:

    Boxing is a horrible thing and often leaves people massively injured for life, especially with brain injuries. I wish it didn’t exist.

  • davidrmoran says:

    muscles must be a thing — a bassoonist friend reports:

    The second bassoonist in [local group] and second in [famous national group] for decades set the Pan American record in her class for weightlifting several years ago

  • Robert Holmén says:

    I can’t imagine her wanting to do that except that the money was better than with bassoon playing.

    And the money for female boxing can’t be very good.

  • Chris says:

    If she were around to play in the premiere of Le Sacre, she could have taken care of those rioters before it got out of hand.

  • Harold says:

    Concussionist- a musical boxer.