World champion Savannah Marshall getting better says Hartlepool boxing legend Amanda Coulson

COMMONWEALTH CHAMP: Savannah Marshall. Picture by FRANK REID
COMMONWEALTH CHAMP: Savannah Marshall. Picture by FRANK REID

SAVANNAH Marshall may already be the reigning World and Commonwealth champion but she is getting even better.

That was the verdict of national coach – and Hartlepool neighbour –Amanda Coulson who is putting the 23-year-old and her England team-mates through their final paces in the squad’s training HQ in Japan.

England’s team fly out from Tokyo to South Korea tomorrow ahead of the World Championships which start on Jeju Island this Sunday.

The first lady of town boxing has watched in awe as Marshall has tasted success after success in the boxing ring.

Coulson was a team-mate of Marshall at the 2010 worlds in Barbados, where the Headland ABC star won silver in the U69 kilo division.

Two years later, Marshall went one better by striking gold at U75 kilos in China where she became Britain’s second-ever amateur world champion, after Frankie Gavin.

Savannah went on to take the European Union and World Combat Games titles and then added the Commonwealth Games crown to her collection in Glasgow this summer.

Coulson told SportMail: “She has gone from strength to strength since her Olympic disappointment.

“Savannah has been unbeaten, winning gold at every tournament she’s been to.

“If you look at her career in that context you could not do any more.

“Savannah is an incredible athlete and fighter. She’s had two big operations since London 2012 but each time she has come back and performed, winning gold medals.”

EU success showed her star quality, particularly as she defeated one-time nemesis Nouchka Fontijn, from the Netherlands, while she outclassed Russian and Chinese rivals at St Petersburg for the World Combat crown.

A serious shoulder op sidelined her again but she recovered in time for her gold run in Glasgow, defeating ex-world champ Ariane Fortin, from Canada, in the final.

“Savannah would admit herself that she did not feel at her best at the Commonwealths,” Coulson told SportMail.

“But she obviously won every fight there and then she got gold at the Queen’s Cup in Germany before we came out here.

“As the reigning world champion, everyone is gunning for her I suppose, but Savannah has shown she’s the best in the world.

“She’s never sat back and rested on her laurels, she does all the training, puts in a massive amount of work and listens and learns.

“Savannah has huge potential, she is still getting better.”

Coulson has been impressed with Marshall – and her comrades – in Japan with the worlds now just five days away.

“All has gone very well out here,” said the 32-year-old Catholic Club coach.

“The girls are looking great and we’re looking forward to going to Korea tomorrow.”