Hartlepool boxing has two favourites going to World Championships with Amanda Coulson joining Savannah Marshall

PUNCHING POOLIE: Savannah Marshall (left) and Amanda Coulson
PUNCHING POOLIE: Savannah Marshall (left) and Amanda Coulson

HARTLEPOOL will have two of its greatest boxing stars at the women’s World Championship this month.

Savannah Marshall will be in South Korea to defend her middleweight title and she will have the first lady of Hartlepool boxing in her corner.

Amanda Coulson is one of three coaches who fly out with the team to Japan later today for the training camp ahead of the tournament.

Coulson, one of the trailblazers for women’s boxing, had been working as a Great Britain coach at GB boxing’s base at the English Institute of Sport.

That work in Sheffield prompted GB’s performance director, Rob McCracken, to promote the former British champ to be part of the coaching team for the worlds.

“I’ve worked at all the competitions and the pre-tournament camps and it’s an honour to be going out to the championship,” said the 32-year-old who will be working alongside senior coaches Dave Alloway and Lee Pullen.

“I’m delighted – it’s a challenge but one I’m really excited about.

“Things have gone really well in the build-up – we are just back from Germany where we had our five girls in a tournament and came back with four golds and a silver.

“We have a fantastic squad and all the girls are on fire at the moment. We just need to keep that going.”

The ex-Catholic Club star is one British boxing’s most outstanding servants, winning four ABA titles and two European Union silvers before hanging up her gloves in 2012 after missing out on selection for the 2012 worlds in China.

Coulson is no stranger to the World Championships, having represented her country in China in 2008 and in Barbados two years later.

And she hopes her experience in the sport can help the team of Marshall, Lisa Whiteside, Chantelle Cameron, Sandy Ryan and Stacey Copeland.

Marshall will spearhead the new-look team, with the 23-year-old looking to retain her Under 75 kilo crown.

The gifted Headland ABC middleweight will start the tournament as world number one and favourite.

Form girls Whiteside and Cameron, who have come in for injured GB stars Nicola Adams and Natasha Jonas, should challenge for medals while light-welter Ryan and welter Copeland will also look to make their marks.

“I think it helps that I’ve been there and done it myself,” Coulson told SportMail.

“I’ve won at tournaments, I’ve lost at tournaments, I’ve been picked and I‘ve been left out.

“The girls can relate to me and I hope to pass on my experience.

“I’ve been to two World Championships myself and know what to expect.

“I’m really excited about the squad we’ve got and I’m confident we can come back with medals.

“We go to Japan to acclimatise and go through our final preparations before going to Korea four days before the worlds start on the 16th.”