Savannah Marshall happy to clear first hurdle at Commonwealth Games

OUCH: Savannah Marshall (left) lands a left against India's Rani Pooja
OUCH: Savannah Marshall (left) lands a left against India's Rani Pooja

SAVANNAH Marshall is on course for gold at the Commonwealth Games after saying she intends to make it a long stay in Glasgow.

The Hartlepool boxer was a unanimous points winner over Pooja Rani in the first round of the middleweight division last night to set up a quarter-final this evening against unknown Botswana fighter Pearl Morake.

After being out for eight months following a shoulder injury en route to the World Combat Games title, Marshall knew she would not be firing on all cylinders last night at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre.

It was all about overcoming a tricky first hurdle – a plucky southpaw from India – and shaking off the ringrust before moving on to the next test.

Marshall said she was “pleased” with her result, especially as she was the final member of the entire England team to actually climb through the ropes and was desperate to deliver the win.

“I was the last one to box out of all of England so it has been a long wait and I was the last bout of the night,” said the world champion who showed signs of some of her old magic.

“It was a nice way to ease into what I know is going to be a tough competition.

“I thought Rani was going to come forward but she didn’t so that was a bit of surprise, but I was pleased with the win.

“After not boxing for eight months all I wanted to do was get my first fight out the way.

“I am looking forward to being on again and hopefully build on this over the next few few days.

“We’ll have to see if I get better and better the more I fight.”

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