Savannah Marshall can Ogogo far at the Olympics

WORLD CHAMP: Savannah Marshall
WORLD CHAMP: Savannah Marshall

SAVANNAH Marshall has been backed for London 2012 glory – by her male counterpart in the GB men’s side.

Anthony Ogogo is one of the many medal contenders in the biggest ever British boxing team sent to an Olympic Games.

Marshall is the favourite for gold in the women’s U75 kilo gold following her World Championship triumph in China in May.

Ogogo has seen the talented Hartlepool fighter at close quarters after the two middleweights have sparred many times at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield – and he likes what he has seen.

“Savannah’s a great boxer,” said the 23-year-old, from Lowestoft.

“It’s hard usually to compare women boxers with the men.

“The men tend to be physically stronger and faster but I was quite surprised that we were not too dissimilar.

“She’s like one of the blokes which is quite a compliment.

“I caught Savannah with a couple of decent shots but she just shrugged them off and came straight back at me, which shows how strong and positive she is.

“She did not just roll away and not want to know any more, she’s got guts.

“Savannah’s got really long arms and a good work-rate.

“Having seen what she can do and knowing how much the coaches rate her, I think she will do really well.”