Savannah Marshall makes London Olympics after win in semi-final of World Championships in China

Hartlepool boxers Amanda Coulson(left) and Savannah Marshall.
Hartlepool boxers Amanda Coulson(left) and Savannah Marshall.

SAVANNAH Marshall is celebrating winning her place at the Olympic games after reaching the World Championship final with another brilliant victory.

The 20-year-old outboxed world number two Nadezhada Torlopova in the middleweight semi-final, winning 18-10 in China.

Marshall will meet unseeded Azerbaijan boxer Elena Vystropova in Saturday’s final.

The Headland ABC star led the U75 kilo semi throughout, boxing superbly behind her crisp jab.

The opening round, predictably was a tight session, Torlopova making an aggressive start, but Marshall soon found her rhythm.

One eye-catching right-left combination edged the first Savannah’s way, 5-3.

Torlopova was a tough customer, but world number six Marshall was producing the cleaner shots, taking round two 4-3 for a 9-6 lead at the half-way point.

And Savannah stepped up a gear in the third, controlling the action with both hands, the judges scoring it by the handsome margin of 6-2.

That put Marshall into a huge 15-8 lead going into the last round.

When the two boxers fought in the Czech Republic Grand Prix in March, Savannah had taken a 9-6 advantage going into the last only for Torlopova to hit back and win the final two minutes 6-1 to steal victory.

However, Marshall made sure there was to be no action replay in Qinhuangdao.

Torlopova did land one good right but Marshall maintained her control, edging the round 3-2 for an 18-10 margin.

THe first semi-final was a much tighter affair, Vystropova snatching a 16-15 victory over Sweden veteran Anna Laurell.