Olympics: Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall can win gold in Rio says Team GB man Antony Fowler

Hartlepool Boxer Savannah Marshall in the Headland gym
Hartlepool Boxer Savannah Marshall in the Headland gym

Savannah Marshall makes her long-awaited entrance at Rio 2016 tomorrow.

And the Hartlepool boxer will be under pressure to fly the Team GB flag after the elimination of six of the 12 strong boxing team.

If Savannah hits that form, there’s a great chance of her getting a gold medal

SAVANNAH MARSHALL

Britain plundered the medals at London 2012 but these Olympics have been tough going – with Team GB not getting the luck of the draw.

Almost all the side have come up against the major seeds early on and Marshall has encountered similar issues.

Should she defeat giant Swede Anna Laurell tomorrow night in the first stage of the middleweight competition, she must tackle world number two Nouchka Fontijn in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

It looks a daunting draw but her counterpart in the male side of the Britain squad, Antony Fowler, said Marshall can not only make progress, but strike gold.

The one positive for Marshall is that she is in the opposite side of the draw to Olympic champ Claressa Shields.

The Headland ABC star is the only boxer to have beaten the ‘invincible’ American and Fowler has high hopes for a second success.

“Savannah’s a very talented girl,” said the 25-year-old, from Liverpool. “I know because I’ve sparred her!

“She was world champion four years ago and a bronze medallist this time.

“If Savannah hits that form, there’s a great chance of her getting a gold medal.”

Fowler was one of the boxers to have made an early exit in Rio following a difficult draw, loosing to Kazakhstan’s Zhanibek Alimkhanuly in the opening stage of the middleweight section.

But he has no doubts about Marshall.

“She has beaten Claressa Shields and on her day she can beat anyone in the world,” he said.