Hartlepool star Savannah Marshall knocked out of Olympics

Savannah Marshall shows her disappointment tonight
Savannah Marshall shows her disappointment tonight

Savannah Marshall has suffered defeat in her Olympic quarter-final.

The Hartlepool middleweight lost out on a split decision to arch rival Nouchka Fontijn this evening.

One judge had the fight even, but the other two had the Dutch girl well ahead, making her 40-36 and 39-37 winner.

The Dutch woman jabbed well throughout the fight, but was constantly forced onto the back foot by Marshall, who showed the greater aggression throughout.

The opening round started with Marshall quickly on the attack as she tried to unsettle a rival who had beaten her in their previous four fights.

Fontijn got the nod from all three judges though after jabbing well and looking composed in her boxing, despite backing off a lot.

Marshall struck with a fine attack at the start of the second round and again continued to press throughout.

It was enough for one judge to hand her the round 10-9, but two again went for Fontijn to put her in a commanding position.

The third round effectively ended the contest with Fontijn winning it on all three judges’ cards.

Marshall bravely attacked determinedly through the fourth round but she needed a stoppage and despite Fontijn flagging, she held on comfortably enough to secure her progess to the semi-finals.