Savannah Marshall wants to strike Olympic gold

A BRIT OF ALL RIGHT: Savannah Marshall, pictured outside her gym with the Headland Most Outstanding Boxer trophy, has been officially unveiled in the GB Olympic team
A BRIT OF ALL RIGHT: Savannah Marshall, pictured outside her gym with the Headland Most Outstanding Boxer trophy, has been officially unveiled in the GB Olympic team

SAVANNAH Marshall will keep her “feet on the ground” but that has not stopped her taking aim at gold in London.

The Hartlepool fighter qualified for the Olympic Games last month when she produced the week of her life to become Britain’s first female boxing world champion.

And Marshall was officially selected yesterday, along with four team-mates by the British Olympic Association, into Team GB at a ceremony in Sheffield.

The 21-year-old fighting sensation has, so far, lived up to her nickname of “Silent Assassin” by keeping quiet about London 2012.

But, in an interview with SportMail, she says that she is desperate to replicate her world triumph when female boxing makes its debut in sport’s greatest event.

Marshall has beaten six of her seven Olympic rivals in an incredible last seven months – four of the victories coming at the World Championships in China, where victory has installed her as favourite for the Olympic middleweight title.

And the Headland star admits she must keep getting even better to stay ahead of her rivals.

“I’m just trying to keep my feet on the ground,” Savannah told SportMail. “That has not changed.

“Winning the World Championship is starting to sink in but that does not mean I will win in London, I’m not getting carried away.

“People might see me as the favourite but I know I need to work twice as hard if I’m going to do it again.

“I think if I beat someone they will come back at me twice as hard next time.

“I know that’s how I deal with a defeat – the Russian girl beat me in the Czech Republic in March but I came back and beat her in the World Championship semi-finals.

“I have got to work hard and be alert to the danger because I know how good the girls are.”

SEE Tuesday’s Mail for full story and pictures and British Olympic chief’s words on women’s boxing