Savannah sharp after Olympic ’revenge’

GOLDEN GIRL: Savannah Marshall. Picture by Tom Collins.
GOLDEN GIRL: Savannah Marshall. Picture by Tom Collins.

SAVANNAH Marshall is “looking as sharp as she’s ever been” as the countdown continues to the World Championship.

Her club coach, Tim Coulter, has worked with her at the Headland ABC gym following the Commonwealth gold medallist’s return from a training camp in Kazakhstan.

And out in Asia, Marshall had the chance to put the record straight with the girl who beat her at the Olympics, Marina Volnova.

Coulter said: “Savannah sparred with Volnova during her week there and then boxed her at the end in a gym bout.

“By all accounts Savannah won it easily so it shows she’s looking good.

“When she came back she trained at our gym from the Wednesday to the Saturday.

“I took her on the pads and she was very good.”

Coulter says there were no thoughts of revenge in Kazakhstan following the controversial quarter-final decision in London.

While Marshall struggled to find the form which had won her global gold in China in May, it certainly appeared that the Poolie star had been on the wrong end of a bad decision.

“I don’t really look back on that day,” said Coulter. “Savannah fell short of her best, London wasn’t meant to be for her.

“She’s won every bout she’s had since then and got gold at every tournament she’s been at.

“Savannah is looking as sharp as she’s ever been.”

The reigning world champion has carried on from where she left off in Glasgow in the summer.

Marshall had won all four fights at the Commonwealths, the climax being the final triumph over Arianne Fortin, the 23-year-old striking gold via a split decision.

The Camerons Brewery-sponsored middleweight, who is also the European Union title winner, will remain busy in the build up to the Worlds in South Korea in November.

She is currently at GB’s base at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield but next week will be in the Netherlands for a training camp.

There she is likely to renew acquaintances with Nouchka Fontijn, the Dutch number one she defeated in last year’s EU final.

“Kazakhstan went all right,” said the Headland ABC girl with typical modesty. “This week is a normal gym week and next week we’re off to Holland for a camp, which should be good.”

– ROY KELLY