Only one target for Savannah Marshall at world boxing championship

WORLD SHOT: Savannah Marshall
WORLD SHOT: Savannah Marshall

SAVANNAH Marshall set the world alight on the way to winning a silver medal when she stepped onto the global stage for the first time.

But the Hartlepool boxer is setting no podium targets when the World Championships get under way in China at the end of the week.

Marshall finished as the runner up to Andrecia Wasson in the U69 kilo final in Barbados in 2010, the American winning by the most slender of margins 5-4.

The then Headland ABC teenager enjoyed a brilliant tournament, scoring a series of decisive wins before being edged out by Wasson.

Since then Marshall has stepped up to the U75 kilo division – the heaviest of the three Olympic weights for London 2012.

She has already announced her rival at middleweight, taking a bronze medal at the European Championships last September and then striking gold two months later at the London Prepares Series, the test event for the Olympics.

This year she has beaten two world champions in their own back yard, Sweden’s Anna Laurel and Roseli Feitosa, from Brazil, both of whom will be rivals in Qinhuangdao from May 11-20.

Such results have earned her a ranking of six and if she lives up to her seeding position, a place in the quarter-final should be good enough to earn her ticket to the Olympics.

Great Britain will be hoping for another world medal from Marshall, but the boxer herself is making no predictions.

“It was brilliant to win silver in Barbados,” Marshall told SportMail.

“I never thought I would get that far, but to win a medal and show I was one of the best in the world was a dream come true.

“Moving up to 75 has been a different kettle of fish – it’s a very tough division and you come up against girls who have come down from 81 kilos.

“But I feel as though I have found my feet and done quite well over the last six months or so.

“I think I have developed as a boxer and physically I am stronger as well.

“We are always set targets but I just want to concentrate on qualifying [for the Olympics] and anything on top of that would be a bonus.”

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