Savannah Marshall’s Olympic dream is over

Savannah Marshall. Picture by FRANK REID
Savannah Marshall. Picture by FRANK REID

SAVANNAH Marshall’s Olympic dream is over.

The Hartlepool fighter suffered a shock and controversial quarter-final defeat at the hands of Kazakhstan’s Marina Volnova at the ExCel Arena.

The former heavyweight fighter, ranked eighth in the world, was adjudged a 16-12 winner, a decision which was greeted by a chorus of boos from the capacity crowd.

Marshall, many people’s favourite for middleweight gold after winning the world title in May, was knocked out of her stride by her shorter opponent.

Possibly ring rusty having not had a bout since the world championship, Marshall found herself tied up with too much close-in action.

Round one was level at 4-4 and the second session was also all square at 3-3.

Marshall came out with some quality work in the third, launching two long combinations yet, incredibly, the judges scored the round 3-1 to Volnova who went 10-8 ahead.

And round four appeared to be a bigger travesty. Volnova spent the entire two minutes holding and spoiling, with Marshall throwing the better punches.

Remarkably, the judges scored the round 6-4 for a 16-12 scoreline.

The crowd booed and they had every right.