Savannah Marshall out to beat home star in China World Championships

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SAVANNAH Marshall was today looking to make one billion enemies in just over 10 minutes.

The Hartlepool boxing star is aiming to beat Chinese heroine Jinzi Li to stay in the World Championships and keep alive her Olympic goal.

Marshall will face darling of the host nation Li in the fight of the night in the middleweight quarter-final in Qinhuangdao.

Defeat would almost certainly end her dream of going for gold in London in August. But victory against one of China’s sporting superstars would guarantee her not only a second world medal, after winning silver in Barbados in 2010, but put her within touching distance of an Olympic vest.

Marshall has already won “one final” after dumping out championship favourite Claressa Shields and admits she must go and do it again.

“I don’t think anyone here gave me a chance on Monday,” said Marshall, who reached the final eight last night with a 13-2 win over Norway’s Lotte Lien.

“When the draw was made and I was given Claressa Shields people looked at me as if to say ‘Savannah you are going out’. They didn’t have to say anything I could tell.

“I think people felt sorry for me but I refused to give up and I won.

“I have come through one final already and I know I have another.”

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