Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall and Natasha Jonas into World Combat Games semis in Russia

VICTORY: Savannah Marshall
VICTORY: Savannah Marshall

SAVANNAH Marshall has reached the semi-finals at the World Combat Games in Russia.

The 22-year-old had a comfortable, if at one stage painful, victory in the last eight today against Brazil’s Daniele Bastieri in St Petersburg.

Marshall controlled the four rounds with all three judges giving the decision to the Hartlepool fighter.

However, the reigning World middleweight champion, who won the European Union title at her last tournament back in July, was unhappy at the tactics of her opponent, accusing the South American of biting her on the shoulder.

Marshall will hope for a cleaner contest on Tuesday when she meets home hope Iaroslava Iakushina in the last four.

In the other semi-final, China’s Qian Li will take on the Ukraine’s Nila Lipska, Li having outpointed American Franchon Crews last night in the quarters.

There was success too for Marshall’s GB team-mate Natasha Jonas.

The Liverpool lightweight was also a unanimous points winner.

She was victorious in her U60 kilo quarter-final against Turkey’s Gamze Basar.

The 29-year-old will now face America’s Queen Underwood in her last-four bout.