Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall faces tough EU Championship final with Nouchka Fontijn

MIXED LUCK: Great Britain's EU boxers (from left) Nicola Adams, Savannah Marshall  and Natasha Jones
MIXED LUCK: Great Britain's EU boxers (from left) Nicola Adams, Savannah Marshall and Natasha Jones
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FIRST there was Love for Savannah Marshall – now it’s revenge.

The Hartlepool boxer reached the final of the European Union Championship in Hungary with a superb points win over Love Holgersson in last night’s semi.

Now, Marshall face a huge test this evening in Hungary against old rival Nouchka Fontijn.

And the Headland ABC middleweight will be looking to avenge the European Championship semi-final defeat to Fontijn in the Dutch girl’s home city of Rotterdam in September 2011.

Ironically, Marshall’s loss in the Netherlands was the cue for the Poolie to go on an amazing run of form in 2011-12 when she struck gold at the London Prepares tournament and World Championships as well as stunning points wins against world title holders Anne Laurell and Roseli Feitosa.

The Olympic Games saw the 22-year-old come crashing back to earth with a surprise and disputed quarter-final exit.

But Marshall has come back from her long injury-enforced absence in fine fettle at the EUs, disposing of in-form Poland middleweight Lidia Fidura in the quarters on Thursday and the tall Swede Holgersson.

After coming through a demanding last-eight contest, the world number two said she was relieved to be able to demonstrate her boxing skills last night against the 19-year-old.

“I felt it was better than on Thursday,” said the Camerons Brewery-sponsored middleweight.

“Last night was more of a technical fight than the one against Lidia which was quite physical.

“I enjoyed the contest and I can slowly feel myself getting back into my rhythm.”

Savannah’s British team-mates Nicola Adams and Lisa Whiteside reached their finals by unanimous points decisions in Kezsthely.

Olympic flyweight champion Adams beat Poland’s Sandra Drabik while Whiteside defeated France’s Delphine Mancina to make the bantamweight final.

However, GB’s Natasha Jonas lost a split decision to France’s Estelle Mossely at lightweight.