Boxer Savannah Marshall still a champion in the eyes of Hartlepool
The reaction Savannah Marshall's Olympic defeat yesterday has proved that she is still a winner in the eyes of the people of Hartlepool
Social media users have said the boxer, who was knocked out in the quarter-final against Nouchka Fontijn, yesterday, was unfairly robbed of a win.
The Hartlepool middleweight lost out on a split decision, after one judge had the fight even, but the other two had the Dutch girl well ahead, making her 40-36 and 39-37 winner.
Savannah’s defeat came as the International Boxing Association sent home a number of judges and referees, following outrage over a string of contentious decisions, amid ongoing claims of wider corruption at the Rio boxing tournament.
However, they did not include Colombia’s Armando Carbonell, who gave all four rounds against Savannah.
Writing on the Mail’s Facebook page, June Martin said: “You should have won Savannah.
“Nevermind, you did your town proud. All Hartlepool is still with you.”
Lynsey Collins posted: “The commentary was in favour of savannah, that lass was staggering by the end, barely able to stand and she still got full marks.”
Ian Hardy wrote: “I thought she won at least two rounds, but there you go, hard luck Sav.
“All in the Pool should still be very proud of you.”
“Keep on working hard and the rewards will come to you.”
Chris Rennie posted: “The judges are corrupt, other fights where the other fighter is getting dominated gets the decision for a win by the judges, even though they clearly lost.”
David Deer said: “I watched the match last night, and for me Savannah should have won, and I felt that the judges must have been watching a different fight then the one what we saw. Robbed!”
Darius Alaric Oliver simply said: “Robbed. Unfairly robbed.”
Nigel Gibson wrote: “Let down by judges again. Well done Savannah.”
Susan Hammond added: “I thought you should have won Savannah, you were awesome and still are xx”
Philip Reed wrote: “Hard luck lass”
Jenna Purcifer posted: “Well done. You’ve done amazing.”
Stephen Booth added: “Well done savannah, robbed again.
“You’ve put hartlepool on the map yet again.
“Proud to be a Poolie.”
And Sara Laws posted: “You did yourself your family, your town and your country proud.
“Keep up the hard work.”
Lynn Skedd wrote: “You did us proud and you are a champion in all of Hartlepool’s eyes.”
Michelle Field said: “That silver should have been yours.”
Jo Gavillet posted: “Never a bad loser, but she was cheated!”
Dawn Robinson added: “She was robbed out, not knocked out.”