BOXING coach Tim Coulter today insisted Savannah Marshall would “come back better than ever” following her Olympic Games heartbreak.
The Hartlepool boxer was eliminated from the women’s middleweight division at the quarter-final stage yesterday in controversial circumstances.
Marshall was beaten 16-12 by Marina Volnova at the ExCel Arena, a decision which was greeted by a torrent of boos inside the packed auditorium and criticism from boxing coaches and TV pundits.
Coulter, Savannah’s coach at Headland ABC, labelled the verdict a “disgrace” but said she would respond.
“Savannah’s had set backs before,” Coulter told SportMail. “But she’ll come back better than ever, like she always does.
“After she lost in the semi-finals of the Europeans last September she came back and won the Olympic Test event and then the World Championship.
“I can’t understand the refereeing and scoring yesterday and I think Team GB would be justified in making a complaint.
“But we’ve got to take the defeat on the chin and move on.
“I’m upset Savannah lost and everyone is devastated by what happened.
“I said before that a boxer winning a world championship is the ultimate in this sport and no-one can take that away from her – she is Britain’s first women’s world champ and only the second, male or female.
“Obviously winning the Olympics in your home country with the whole world watching would have been massive.”