SAVANNAH Marshall has kept aliver her Olympic hopes after defeating American wonderkid Claressa Shields at the World Championships in China.
The Hartlepool boxing star won 14-8 in today’s last-32 bout against the 17-year-old, who was red-hot favourite for the championship.
Even the International Amateur Boxing Association’s own website had been openly tipping Shields for gold in Qinhuangdao.
But Marshall produced the fight of her life, winning all but one of the four rounds.
Shields, as expected, came out strongly but the 20-year-old Headland ABC star kept her composure and the opening session finished 2-2.
Marshall then turned on the style in round two against the teen sensation, winning it 5-2 to open up a 7-4 lead.
The Poolie showed no sign of slacking and won the third 4-3 to up her lead.
Shields kept chasing the fight but Marshall stayed in control in the last, taking that session 3-1 for a brilliant 14-8 success.
Her Headland coach Tim Coulter said: “What a fabulous result.
“I’ve just spoken to her to say congratulations and I can’t believe how calm she was!”
Marshall will face her old friend, Norway’s Lotte Lien, in the last 16.