Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall beats Lidia Fidura to reach EU Championship semi-final

WINNER: Savannah Marshall
WINNER: Savannah Marshall

SAVANNAH Marshall is back in the ring – and back with a win.

Marshall returned to action tonight for the first time since suffering Olympic heartbreak in London.

And the Hartlepool star returned in triumph, outpointing Lidia Fidura in the European Union Championships in Hungary.

Marshall was a unanimous points winner over the Polish fighter in the U75 kilo quarter-final in Keszthely.

The 22-year-old needed to be strong and skilful to see off Fidura who, ironically, had beaten Savannah’s Olympic conqueror Marina Volnova to win the Feiks Stamm Memorial Tournament in Warsaw earlier in the summer.

Marshall missed that event as she recovered from hand surgery but the reigning world champion showed no signs of discomfort in last night’s comeback.

The Headland ABC middleweight now faces Sweden’s Love Holgersson in the semis on Friday night after the 19-year-old beat Hungary’s Nagy Timea.

Marshall is guaranteed a bronze medal, at the very least, but will be looking to go all the way to the weekend final.

World number 10 Nouchka Fontijn, from the Netherlands, defeated Ireland’s Sinead Kavanagh to set up a semi-final with Nives Radic after the Croatian beat Andrea Strohmaier from Germany.

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