World champ Marshall plays down talk of London 2012 Olympic gold

SAVANNAH Marshall today played down her position as the nation’s boxing darling.

The Hartlepool boxer insists World Championship glory will not go to her head, even though many pundits, colleagues and fans are openly talking of her striking gold at London 2012.

Savannah Marshall

Savannah Marshall

BBC sport boxing pundit Steve Bunce predicted on national TV last Sunday that the 21-year-old would repeat her China success on home soil.

But, typically, Marshall will conduct her build up with the same calm approach she operates when taking apart her leading global rivals inside the ring.

The Headland ABC star says she will not allow herself to be weighed down by the expectations of a nation.

Marshall will be working hard in the gym at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield from Monday but insists the Olympics will not be at the forefront of her mind.

“I am back in on Monday and I there are just nine weeks to go,” said Marshall in an interview with SportMail at her home Headland gym on Northgate.

“I think it’s just the type of person I am that I am just happy to plod along and not think about things.

“I am going to train hard but I am going to try to not let it pray on my mind until it really has to.

“I think if it was constantly in my thoughts it would wear me out mentally.”

Marshall said she is still coming to terms with her triumph, which took place just seven days ago on her 21st birthday.

crazy she said modestly to world champion quotes.

“It’s been crazy,” she smiled.

“I’ve had loads of messages on Facebook, Twitter, texts and congratulations cards.

“All my friends keep saying ‘you’re the world champion’ but to me it’s just another tournament and I’m pleased to be home.

“But as the days and weeks go on I’m sure it will sink in that I am a world champion.”