Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall beats Sheffield's Natasha Gale to win GB Championship

Savannah Marshall
Savannah Marshall

Savannah Marshall overcame her first domestic test to beat Natasha Gale in the GB Championship final.

The Hartlepool boxer was under pressure to win with the European Olympic qualifier and World Championships coming up in 2016.

But Marshall past the test with flying colours, defeating the new kid on the block on a unanimous points verdict in her opponent's adopted home city of Sheffield.

Gale charged out and landed a strong early right, but once the Headland ABC star settled into her rhythm there looked only one winner.

Marshall edged the first but really got into her stride in round two.

She got her jab working and while the two middleweights landed one good right apiece, it was the 2012 world chamopion who found the target on a regular basis, ending the session weith a right-left-left salvo.

Marshall connected with a left-right-left combination in the third and when she got through with a good right-left, the referee gave Gale a standing eight count.

She continued in the fourth where she left off in the third and landed to head and body in a dominant last. When she hammered in another right to the head, Gale was given another standing count.

Marshall had proved she was number one in Britain and received her GB trophy from her former Britain team-mate turned pro star, Anthony Joshua.