Savannah Marshall back home and celebrating with Commonwealth Games gold medal

Savannah Marshall celebrates victory against Canada's Ariane Fortin (red) in the Women's Middleweigh (69-75kg) Final at the SSE Hydro, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Savannah Marshall celebrates victory against Canada's Ariane Fortin (red) in the Women's Middleweigh (69-75kg) Final at the SSE Hydro, during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Savannah Marshall is back home in Hartlepool celebrating after her winning gold in the Commonwealth Games.

The Poolie pugilist returned to town yesterday with her medal after seeing off the challenge of Canadian opponent Ariane Fortin in the final of the middleweight contest in Glasgow on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old – who started out at the Headland boxing club in town - was over the moon with her gold medal which will take pride of place alongside the World title she won back in 2012.

Marshall said: “It feels great. It’s made it a lot better because it’s my first tournament back,

“I’m just happy to be back never mind winning.

“But London was two years ago it is like a bad dream.

“I’m really happy for Nicky (Adams), she’s one of my best friends and I’m over the moon that we can be Commonwealth champions together.

Marshall fought a close contest against her Canadian adversary and got the judges nod on a split decision.

Marshall said: “I knew I lost the last round, but I thought I won the first three but you never know what the judges think.

“Fair play to the Canadian she’s really strong and physical and experienced as well.

“I’ve boxed in the World Combat Games last November and that was another multi-sport event so I’m used to it now.

“I think I’m far from my best I think I’ve got a long way still to come back but I think it will just take time.

“But I will only be judged on my last fight.”

On the World Championships later this year Savannah added: “I’m glad to have got some experience under my belt.

“I think you’re only as good as your last fight so the World Champs were two years ago, so it’s all forgotten.”