Savannah Marshall strikes gold in World Championship final

Savannah Marshall world Boxing Championship Middle Weight final result. Picture by FRANK REID
Savannah Marshall world Boxing Championship Middle Weight final result. Picture by FRANK REID

SAVANNAH Marshall is the champion of the world.

The Hartlepool fighter, celebrating her 21st birthday, beat Elena Vystropova, from Azerbaijan, 17-15 in a thrilling U75 kilos final.

The Headland ABC middleweight produced another brilliant performance as she carried on the form she has shown all week in Qinhuangdao.

Marshall maintained her record of not losing a single round at the tournament, but it was a close-run thing, three of the sessions ending as a draw.

Round one was an entertaining affair, Savannah jabbing nicely and throwing combinations, with Vystropova connecting with several single shots.

The judges scored the opener 3-3 but the Poolie got to work in round two and landed with a left-right-left combination.

Vystropova came back with two straight rights but the session went to Savannah 4-2 to establish a 7-5 lead.

Marshall began the third smartly but Vystropova found her range and landed some good rights, giving Savannah a bloody nose in the process. The judges marked it 6-6 to keep the Olympic-bound Hartlepool boxer ahead 13-11.

It was all going to be on the last and Savannah landed the first scoring blow.

But unseeded Vystropova showed her danger by coming back with two combinations which threatened to take the fight away from the girl from Dyke House.

Marshall though dug in and a brilliant left-right combination just seconds before the bell proved decisive.

It meant the round finishe 4-4 and super Savannah was the champion, 17-15.