SAVANNAH Marshall must clear a difficult first hurdle at the European Union championships in Hungary.
The Hartlepool boxer has been drawn with Poland’s Lidia Fidura in the quarter-finals of the tournament in Keszthely.
Only eight girls have lined up in the U75kilo category which will not get under way until Thursday.
As the reigning world champion, Marshall starts the EUs as favourite for middleweight gold.
But a match with Fidura is a tough one – especially as it is her first bout since the shock quarter-final exit at the Olympics last August.
Marshall has been ruled out by injury but has now recovered fully from surgery to her left hand.
However, Fidura, who celebrated her 23rd birthday yesterday, is rated as one of the biggest threats in the tournament.
The middleweight, from Ruda Slaska, has had a good summer with success at an event in Germany as well as gold at the Feliks Stamm tournament in her native Poland, where she defeated Marina Volnova in the final – ironically the girl who ended Marshall’s London 2012 dream.
See the full story in Tuesday’s Hartlepool Mail