Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall will bounce back from World Championship heartache

EXIT:  Savannah Marshall
EXIT: Savannah Marshall

SAVANNAH Marshall will come back from her World Championship heartache a better boxer.

That was the message today from long-time coach and mentor Tim Coulter after the end of Marshall’s reign as the planet’s middleweight queen.

The Headland ABC boss admitted that the 23-year-old would be hurting following a points defeat to Iaroslava Iakushina in the last 16 of the tournament in South Korea.

It was a close battle between the defending world title holder and the reigning world youth champion, the Russian sneaking it on a split decision.

Coulter said he had “no complaints” over the verdict and remains confident Marshall would shake off this off.

The Hartlepool boxer has already shown her resolve by responding to her shock Olympic defeat at London 2012 with an unbeaten two-year run, which was brought to a halt at Jeju Island yesterday.

“Savannah will come back from this disappointment, I have no doubt about that,” Coulter told SportMail.

“One defeat does not make you a bad boxer.

“She had a bad day at the office, it’s just a shame that bad day happened at the world championship.

“The Olympics in Rio are less than two years away and it will fly by.

“After London 2012, Savannah overcame her disappointment and injury problems by winning every tournament she’s been to and becoming number one in the world rankings.

“This defeat may ultimately take a bit of pressure off her and she can focus on getting ready for Rio.”

The Commonwealth Games gold medallist looked to have done enough in a close contest against Iakushina.

But the majority of the ringside judges went with the 21-year-old southpaw.

Marshall made a slow start with Iakushina 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 super left-right-left-left four-punch combination.

It looked, to this reporter, as though the Poolie had a two rounds to one advantage going into the last at the Halla Gymnasium.

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

It appeared the better work had come from the champ but the judges marked it for the blue corner.

“I have no complaints,” said Coulter. “Savannah never performed to the level we know she can.

“It was very scrappy from start to finish and it looked 50-50 to me – it could have gone either way.

“I hoped the luck would go our way and she’d get it, then come back better in her quarter-final bout.

“But it was not an unfair decision.

“Savannah did not start well and I just think she tried too hard, tried to force it too much.”

There was some joy for the England team when Sandy Ryan reached the last eight at U64 kilos when the Derby boxer defeated Rurkey’s Gülsüm Tatar, on points. Lisa Whiteside is through to the U51 quarters after beating Thailand’s Sopida Satumrum.