Pools boxer Savannah Marshall must gain weight


SAVANNAH Marshall faces what many women would consider unthinkable – being ordered to put weight on.

Nine out of every 10 members of the fairer sex would tell you, if pressed, that they would love to lose weight.

Not Hartlepool’s big Olympic boxing hope, though.

The 20-year-old, a lean and mean fighting machine who has won World silver and European bronze, can go on to win Olympic gold.

That is the view of former world middleweight champion Richie Woodhall, who wants to see Marshall add a few pounds to her frame to make her even better.

“What we’re trying to do is to work with Savannah to put a bit of weight on,” said BBC boxing expert Woodhall. “She’s still at the lower end of her weight division.

“Savannah’s not a fully-fledged middleweight yet, but maybe next year she will develop into one.”

So is the Headland ABC star still a work in progress?

“Definitely,” said Woodhall, who spends two days a week at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield training the GB boxers.

“But, at the same time, she is one of the best girls in the world, without a shadow of a doubt.

“When she boxed at 69 kilos she was one of the stronger girls and by now she’s moved up a division.

“She’s got to mature into the weight and we’re still nearly a year away from the Olympics, so there is time.”