SAVANNAH Marshall has been named in the Great Britain squad for next month’s European Union Championship – and she can’t wait to get back in the ring.
Marshall is part of a five-strong GB squad for the EU tournament in Hungary from July 1-6.
The team will be unveiled to the media at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield tomorrow and all eyes, not surprisingly, will be on London 2012 heroine Nicola Adams.
The Yorkshire girl will be boxing for the first time since striking Olympic gold after having a hand operation last year.
And Hartlepool star Marshall will also be taping up her gloves for the first time since London 2012.
She too has had surgery to her left hand and is looking forward to testing herself at international level again.
Marshall’s fitness is coming along nicely as she proved with five rounds of sparring on Friday night with new pro Anth Hardy at the Gus Robinson Developments gym.
“My hand feels fine,” said the world middleweight champions.
“My fingers are a little stiff sometimes after I have been punching, but, other than that I’ve had no bother.
“I still have three weeks to sharpen up before the EUs and that’s what I’ll be looking to do.
“I sparred Anth on Friday and I’m sparring this week in
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Sheffield with the lads.
“I’ve not boxed since the Olympics so I am looking forward to seeing where I am and where I need to be.”
Despite not throwing a punch in anger since her shock London 2012 quarter-final exit, Marshall has barely missed a thing.
She was absent from the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament in Warsaw at the end of April, when her GB team-mates Natasha Jonas and flyweight Lisa Whiteside won bronze medals.
Other than that there have been no competitions so Marshall’s spell on the sidelines has not been costly.
“It’s strange there has been so little after London,” said the Headland ABC star.
“I thought there would be loads after how popular it was at the Olympics.
“But there has only been the Feliks Stamm, then this and there is a tournament in the Ukraine in September.
“It’s odd, but I’ve just got to go out and try my best and see where I am.”
Marshall, who recently signed a two-year sponsorsahip deal with Camerons Brewery, is off to France with Adams, Jonas and Whiteside for a pre-competition camp in Bugeat in France
for a pre-competition camp on June 21 before the EUs in Keszthely on July 1.
“I’m not certain how many other countries will be in France with us,” said the 22-year-old.
“But I know the French U75 kilo girl is good so I should get some great sparring.
“It’s been a long time since I boxed and I can’t wait to get back in.”