SAVANNAH Marshall said her “heart goes out” to the family of Mark Denton following the murder of the former boxer.
Mark, 31, died on New Year’s Eve after being attacked in a house in Hutton Avenue, Hartlepool.
Savannah today spoke of her shock and sorrow but also of the happy memories of her former Headland ABC team-mate and one of England’s leading middleweights, who boxed out of the Middlegate gym along with his brother, Craig.
“When I started boxing, Mark was one of the big stars of the gym,” said the reigning world champion.
“I always remember Mark and Craig training with the dance music playing loud and there was always a buzz in the gym.
“I think the night I made my debut, Mark was topping the bill against Gary Barr.
“I just remember the great atmosphere and everyone going wild.
“Mark properly rocked the Borough Hall in those days and he had some great fights there.”
While Savannah’s career was beginning to take off, Mark’s was starting to tail off, though he did, briefly, turn pro with the Dave Garside/Neil Fannan camp.
The exciting fighter stopped Poland’s Pawel Trebinski in the third round of his debut at the Mayfair Centre in 2008 but that was to prove his one and only appearance in the pro game.
“Mark only had the one fight as a pro,” added Savannah, 22.
“I didn’t see it but I knew he won with a stoppage.
“It’s just a shame because with his talent he could have done anything in boxing.
“Whenever I used to see him around town he was always nice to me and asked how my boxing was going.
“My heart goes out to his family at this awful time.”