Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall to fight India’s Rani Pooja in Commonwealth Games

BOXES ON TUESDAY: Savannah Marshall
BOXES ON TUESDAY: Savannah Marshall

SAVANNAH Marshall has been drawn against India’s Rani Pooja in the opening round of the Commonwealth Games.

The Hartlepool boxing star will take on the experienced 25-year-old in the preliminary round on Tuesday night.

Marshall will welcome the fact she has NOT received a bye.

The 23-year-old has been out since October after having shoulder surgery following her gold medal at the World Combat Games in Russia.

She will not take Pooja lightly but she has chance to get any rung-rust out of her system ahead of the bigger tests.

Marshall was put in the bottom half of the draw, where she is seeded to come up against exciting Nigerian slugger Edith Ogoke in the semis.

If the Headland ABC star sees off Pooja, she will face an African in the quarter-finals on Wednesday – Botswana’s Pearl Morake.

Should Marshall reach the last four she would meet the winner of the quarter-final match between Ogoke and either Lesotho’s Keabetsoe Mothibeli or Shiromali Weerarathna, from Sri Lanka, on Fridayb night.

Second favourite, Arianne Fortin, from Canada, is in the top half of the draw and is up against South Africa’s Phathiswa Tingana in the preliminary round.

Elsewhere in the women’s competition, Nicola Adams will meet Oluwatoyin Oladeji of Nigeria in Monday’s first round of the flyweight competition.

Fellow England medal hope, Natasha Jonas, will box Shelley Watts, of Australia, on Tuesday in the lightweight division.