Exclusive: Savannah Marshall on her bid for World Championship glory

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SAVANNAH Marshall was today looking to turn on the style again and box her way into the World Championship final and Olympic games.

Marshall faces Russian bruiser Nadezhada Torlopova in the middleweight semi-final today in the biggest fight of her life.

Victory would earn the Hartlepool star her second successive world final appearance after winning a silver medal as an 18-year-old in Barbados in 2010.

But a win today in Qinhuangdao would guarantee her spot at the Olympic games.

Given she has eliminated favourite Claressa Shields, ex-European champ Lotte Lien and world number three Jinzi Li in three incredible days her fans would argue, passionately, what she has achieved so far is already deserving of a ticket to London.

She must produce one more stellar performance and beat the last woman to defeat her.

“Torlopova is a very strong and tough fighter and number two in the world,” said Marshall.

“She is really unorthodox, she will storm forward and let fly with proper big swings.

“I must concentrate on my boxing, keep it long and accurate.

“I feel good and confident.”

Marshall hopes a combination of blood, sweat and tears will be the foundation of a revenge win today.

The 13-10 loss in the semi-final in the Czech Grand Prix in March has been the defeat which undoubtedly has hurt Marshall the most.

However, instead of sulking the 20-year-old buckled down in the gyms at the English Institute of Sport, in Sheffield and Headland ABC’s HQ in Northgate.

“I don’t want to sound like I am making excuses but I don’t think I was at my best when I was out there there,” the world number six told SportMail.

“Since I got back, everything I’ve done has been to try to put right what went wrong.

“I’ve worked on the idea that she will come charging for me.

“I feel more confident about it now but I know I must still box to my best.

“She is not ranked second in the world for nothing.”

Torlopova is a reigning world champion, remarkably, at over 81 kilos but, given that is not an Olympic weight category, she has slimmed down to the middle mark of U75 kilos.

It is a dramatic change but Torlopova is highly motivated – at the age of 33 she knows this is her last world championships and London would be her one and only Olympic appearance (amateur boxers must retire at 34).

The Russian, on paper, starts as favourite but so too did Shields and Li and Marshall won every round against both boxers.

Torlopova has yet to be extended in the tournament, beating Nigeria’s Edith Ogoke first time out, 25-10, before stopping Naomi Fischer-Rasmussen in her last 16 bout.

She defeated Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova 19-11 in her quarter-final.