Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall receives by at World Championships

CHAMP: Savannah Marshall

CHAMP: Savannah Marshall

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SAVANNAH Marshall will start the defence of her middleweight title at the World Championships later in the week.

Marshall, who struck gold at U75 kilo in China on her 21st birthday two years ago, received a bye in today’s draw in South Korea.

The Hartlepool boxer heads up a team of five England boxers on Jeju Island.

The eighth women’s world championship officially bean today with the weigh-in, draw and opening ceremony at the Halla Gymnasium.