Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall on verge of another world gold medal

FINAL: Savannah Marshall
FINAL: Savannah Marshall
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SAVANNAH Marshall is on the verge of another world gold medal.

Already the champion middleweight on the planet, the Hartlepool boxer has reached the U75 kilo final at the World Combat Games in Russia.

Marshall outboxed home hope Iaroslava Iakushina in the first semi-final last night in St Petersburg.

After beating Brazil’s Daniele Bastieri in the last eight on a unanimous points decision, the 22-year-old got the nod from all three judges again when she defeated the Russian at the Yubileiny Sports Complex.

Marshall will now meet fast-punching Qian Li in tomorrow night’s final after the Chinese middleweight outpointed Nila Lipka, from Ukraine.

Headland coach, Tim Coulter, was impressed with her win but believes she can box even better.

“It was a very good performance,” said Coulter. “She was possibly a bit over-eager at times and fell in a little bit.

“The Russian girl was smaller and charged in a lot but Savannah’s feet were just too quick for her.

“Once she got into her flow, she was putting her combinations together and knocked the other girl’s head back a few times.”

Marshall was given a hard first round by the Russian and one of the three judges marked the opener to Iakushina.

But the EU champ still won the first and then took the final three rounds with comfort to take her through to the final.

“Savannah boxed very well and I’m looking forward to what should be a very good final,” Coulter added.

But there was disappointment for team-mate Natasha Jonas who lost a majority points verdict to America’s Queen Underwood in the U60 kilo semi-final.