Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall could be star of London 2012 Olympics, says performance director Robert McCracken

Savannah Marshall is being tipped for great things at the Olympics.

Savannah Marshall is being tipped for great things at the Olympics.

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SAVANNAH Marshall can be a star of the London Olympics – and Rio and the 2020 games!

That was the boast today of Great Britain’s performance director Robert McCracken on the eve of the departure of GB’s women’s team to China for the 2012 World Championships.

GB Boxing Performance Director Robert McCracken.

GB Boxing Performance Director Robert McCracken.

McCracken believes Britain has a squad to challenge for podium places in Qinhuangdao from May 11-20 and then in London for the Olympics in August.

At 20-years-old, Marshall is the babe in the all-Northern British squad alongside flyweight Nicola Adams, 29, from Leeds, and Liverpool’s Natasha Jonas, 27.

But after winning a silver medal at U69 kilos in the worlds in Barbados in 2010, Marshall has made the transformation to one of the best middleweights on the planet ahead of the bid to clinch an U75 kilo place at the Olympics.

“We’ve got some really good girls in the team,” McCracken (pictured) told SportMail. “Women’s boxing has got stronger in the last two years, more and more girls are coming through from countries you wouldn’t expect.”

Read Roy Kelly’s full interview in today’s Sportmail.