Hartlepool legend Amanda Coulson helps GB Women’s boxing to two World Championship medals

COACH: Amanda Coulson. Picture by FRANK REID
COACH: Amanda Coulson. Picture by FRANK REID

SAVANNAH Marshall may have missed out at the World Championships – but there was some success for Hartlepool.

Town women’s boxing legend Amanda Coulson was one of the coaching team which guided England to two silver medals at the tournament in South Korea which ended yesterday.

Defending champion Marshall, favourite for gold at middleweight exited at the last 16 stage after losing on a split decision to World Youth champion Iaroslava Iakushina.

It was left to two team-mates to carry the England flag – and Lisa Whiteside and Sandy Ryan did their country proud.

Whiteside and Ryan both clinched silver medals yesterday.

Boxing as a flyweight for the first time in a major tournament, Whiteside put in a series of superb performances to make the final, where she narrowly lost a split decision to Marlen Esparaza of the USA.

The 29-year-old’s achievement was equalled by rookie Ryan, who made the final of the light-welterweight category in her first championship appearance as a senior, only losing out in the end to Anastasia Beliakova, from Russia.

Coulson was part of the coaching team in Jeju Island, where she worked alongside Dave Alloway and Lee Pullen.

“Both girls had to box four times to make it to their finals, where they gave it their all,” Coulson told SportMail.

“It was a dream come true for them to win silvers and it shows that GB women’s boxing is right up there with the very best.

“The whole team produced an outstanding preparation and performance and I think we can go from strength to strength.

“I’m very proud of all of them and it’s been fantastic to have been involved.”

The silvers won by Whiteside and Ryan mean that women from the GB Boxing squad have won seven medals at the last three women’s world championships in 2010, 12 and now 14.

Town superstar Marshall has won two of those gongs, a silver at 69 kilos in Barbados in 2010 and gold in China in 2012 at 75 kilos.

The 23-year-old is one of only two world amateur champions to come from Britain, Frankie Gavin being the other.

Marshall, who has enjoyed success this year by winning the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Queen’s Cup in Germany, will take a breather after a hectic six months.