Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall out of World Championship after losing to Russia’s Iaroslava Iakushina

GONE OUT: Savannah Marshall
GONE OUT: Savannah Marshall

SAVANNAH Marshall’s reign as women’s world middleweight title holder is over after losing to Iaroslava Iakushina on a split decision.

The Hartlepool boxer looked to have done enough in a close contest against the Russian but the majority of the ringside judges went with the 21-year-old southpaw.

Marshall made a slow start with the World Youth Championship gold medallist getting the better of the opening round with an aggressive approach.

But the Headland ABC star found her rhythm in the second session, getting her jab working and producing the better quality shots while also making Iakushina miss with some big swings.

The third round followed a similar pattern with a long right from Marshall finding its mark plus a left-right-left-left four-punch combination.

It looked as though the Poolie fighter had a two rounds to one advantage going into the last at Jeju Island.

Round four though was a scrappy affair with more holding than punching, making it a difficult two minutes to judge.

It looked as though the classier work had come from the champ but the judges marked it for the blue corner.