Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall confident as world title bid back on after Covid led to cancellation
Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall is confident of being crowned world champion in the biggest fight of her life.
She is due to step into the ring at Newcastle’s Utilita Arena on Saturday, October 17, in her first shot at a world title since turning professional in 2017.
The 29-year-old had originally been due to fight for the WBO Light Heavyweight Champion belt on April 4 but was rescheduled due to coronavirus and postponed again from June 27.
Her opponent for October has yet to be confirmed due to the developing pandemic across the world.
Savannah told the Mail: “I was devastated when it was postponed two weeks before the fight. All the hard work, training and sparring had been done.
"I could have been a two-time world champion by now."
Savannah, nicknamed The Silent Assassin, is keeping her fingers crossed the Matchroom Boxing event goes ahead depending on the developing Covid-19 situation.
She added: “It is the biggest fight of my career as a pro 100%. It would mean everything to me to win.
"Since I turned pro in 2017 this is what you aim for to be world champion.
"To be amateur and professional world champion there’s very few people if any can say they have achieved that.
"I’m really confident because I know what I can do. I think I’m up there with the best of them.”
And although she is based in Manchester, Savannah, who previously boxed at Headland Amateur Boxing Club, said she still feels she represents Hartlepool when she is in the ring.
"All my family are here, it’s still home,” she said. “I still train with Tim Coulter when I’m back.
“When I said to him ‘I’m going home tomorrow’ meaning Manchester he said ‘this is your home’.
"I’m based in Manchester but I’m always back and forth to Hartlepool.”
Savannah is currently undefeated in eight fights as a professional.
It will be almost exactly a year since she was last in the ring after beating Ashleigh Curry in Newcastle last October.
Savannah said the lockdown had given her more time to prepare and has been able to train as normal except being able to spar.