Olympic star Adams backs Marshall for Commonwealth gold

Savannah Marshall who has been selected for the Team England Boxing Squad.This image is copyright the onEdition 2014�.
Savannah Marshall who has been selected for the Team England Boxing Squad.This image is copyright the onEdition 2014�.

LONDON 2012 hero Nicola Adams MBE today warned the Commonwealths middleweight boxers that her best boxing pal is ready to strike gold in Glasgow.

Room-mate and pal Savannah Marshall will go into the Commonwealth Games as favourite for the Under 75 kilo title, despite almost two years of inactivity.

Adams too has suffered her fair share of injury frustration since becoming the darling of the nation when winning the Olympics in London.

And she told SportMail that far from being rusty that Hartlepool boxing superstar Marshall is looking “better than ever.”

“It’s been a really tough couple of yards for Savannah,” said the Leeds girl.

“We’ve both had the same injuries and needed operations and I think it’s been good that we’ve been there for each other.

“But she’s looking in good shape and good spirits.

“I think the rest she’s had might have done her some good, she’s been able to focus on her boxing and iron out any faults.

“She looks even better and stronger than ever.

“I’m expecting some really good things from Savannah in the Commonwealth Games.

“I think she’ll definitely be up to winning the gold, definitely.”

Northern girls fill all three female spots on the England team announced yesterday for Glasgow from July 23 to August 3 – cheery Scouser Natasha Jonas is the third member of the side, boxing at lightweight.

Many eyes will be on Adams after her stunning success in London, where she defeated world number one Canan Ren, from China.

It catapulted the bubbly Yorkshire girl to stardom but that has not diminished her quest for more medals in the ring, especially as she just returned from the European Championships empty-handed.

“I lost to Bulgaria, me and my coaches thought I’d done enough to win, but it went the other way,” said the 31-year-old.

“It sometimes happens in boxing.

“But it’s onwards and upwards for me, I’ve learned from it and hopefully it won’t happen again.

“I’m looking forward to the Commonwealths.

“It’s the first time women’s boxing has been in the Commonwealth Games and it’s a chance to make history again.

“It’s going to be very exciting.

“I’ve been to the arena, it seats 11,000 and it’s bigger than the Olympic hall.

“Glasgow is a really big boxing city so it’s going to be absolutely fantastic.”

Sunderland heavyweight Warren Baister is part of the eight-strong male section, which is spearheaded by 2013 World Championship middleweight bronze medallist Antony Fowler.

Charlie Edwards will box at flyweight while fellow European bronze medallist Joe Joyce will be favourite at super-heavyweight.

Bantam Qais Ashfaq, lightweight Pat McCormack, light-welter Sam Maxwell and welter Scott Fitzgerald complete the English line-up.