Savannah Marshall to take on close pal in World Championships

EIS Womens Boxing'Sheffield 12th August 2101
EIS Womens Boxing'Sheffield 12th August 2101

SAVANNAH Marshall must today beat one of her best pals in internatioanal boxing as she looks to take another huge step towards London 2012.

The Hartlepool fighter will face Norway’s Lotte Lien in the last 16 of the World Championships in China – just 24 hours after recording the result of her life.

Marshall yesterday produced a stunning performance to eliminate teen sensation Claressa Shields in Qinhuangdao.

Shields was the favourite not only to win the last 32 tie but tournament gold at middleweight.

But the undefeated 17-year-old was outboxed by Marshall, who won 14-8 on points.

Marshall had little time to celebrate her success with a showdown against Lien to prepare for in this evening’s session.

“I was always confident in myself,” the 20-year-old told SportMail.

“But everyone here was saying how good Claressa Shields is and how she was not only going to win the worlds but the Olympics as well.

“In one way I couldn’t believe I won after all the build-up she’d had I could have cried.

“But in another way I always thought I could do it, I’ve been boxing well this year and I’ve had lots of experience in tournaments and I think I showed that.

“She had beaten [defending champion and world number one] Mary Spencer in the build up and stopped the last 81 kilos world champ, so she was the hardest fight I’ve had.

“I have got to keep it going now.”