Savannah Marshall to battle for Commonwealth Games gold medal

England's Savannah Marshall (blue) celebrates her win against Nigeria's Edith Ogoke in the Women's Middle (69 - 75kg) Semi-final 2 at the SECC, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
England's Savannah Marshall (blue) celebrates her win against Nigeria's Edith Ogoke in the Women's Middle (69 - 75kg) Semi-final 2 at the SECC, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
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Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall will battle for a Commonwealth Games gold medal after winning her semi-final.

Marshall is guaranteed either gold or silver after swatting aside the tenacious challenge of Nigerian Edith Ogoke in the women’s middleweight division.

Marshall – in front of a bunch of her vocal hometown supporters – produced a perfectly poised display of counter-punching to repel Ogoke’s crude attacks and secure a well-deserved unanimous verdict from the three ringside judges.

And the Hartlepool 23-year-old believes experience has been key to her comeback after the crushing disappointment of her first round defeat at the London 2012 Olympics.

Marshall said: “I didn’t really enjoy the Olympics and I’ve just tried to embrace the experience more and I’m really enjoying it.

“I know what to expect now, so I’m a bit more prepared.

“The Olympics was three years ago and I was still young, and coming two months after I won the world title, it all came a bit fast for me.”

Marshall will face Ariane Fortin in today’s final after the Canadian came on strong in the second half of the contest to beat Lauren Price of Wales on a split decision.

On her final opponent Savannah said: “I’ve seen her box in the Olympics so I knew quite a lot about her.

“I’m really happy with how I’ve done after being out (injured) for nine months, just to get a medal never mind getting in the final.

“My first fight I was a bit rusty so I’m just glad I’ve managed to get it out of the way.

“This is the first time I’ve seen the Canadian, I’ve never boxed her before.

“I know I’m up there with the best and it was just a fact of enjoying it.

“I knew what to expect after the Olympics, so I’m a bit more prepared than last time.”