Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall wins EU Championship gold after beating Nouchka Fontijn

EUROPEAN UNION CHAMPION: Savannah Marshall
EUROPEAN UNION CHAMPION: Savannah Marshall

SAVANNAH Marshall has struck gold at the European Union Championship in Hungary.

The Hartlepool boxer outpointed Nochka Fontijn in the U75 kilo final in Keszthely today.

It marks a dream return for the 22-year-old who has spent the last 11 months out of action following her surprise Olympic defeat and surgery to a hand injury.

A battle against arch-rival Fontijn, who beat the Poolie in the semi-finals of the European Championships in her native Netherlands in 2011, looked a tough task in the third bout of her comeback.

But the Headland ABC star passed the test with flying colours outboxing her 25-year-old opponent to take the decision of the judges.

Marshall turned on the style in the last round to win on a unanimous verdict.

It followed on from success for her GB team-mate Nicola Adams and Lisa Whiteside.

Flyweight Adams, 30, overcame Bulgaria’s Stoyka Petrova on points, with the Olympic U51kilo champion also boxing in her first tournament since London 2012.

Whiteside, 27, a World Championship bronze medallist in May 2012, won gold when she beat Czech Alice Sramkova.

The Preston boxer knocked Sramkova down in the first to put herself in control of the bantamweight final before seeing out the win on a unanimous decision.