Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Marshall Believes She Will Not Make a Bad Korea Move

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Marshall Believes She Will Not Make a Bad Korea Move

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer

SAVANNAH Marshall travels to South Korea next month with a world title to lose and very aware the competition has upped its game since she made women's boxing history two years ago.

Not one to shout the odds, the "introvert" 23-year-old middleweight is nevertheless quietly confident her title will be returning to Hartlepool with her.

It is two years since Marshall made history as British boxing's first female world champion.

If the Olympics which followed did not quite go to plan - the favourite beaten in her opening bout - it was a rare bump in the road to the top.

European Union and World Combat Games titles followed last year and she surprised herself by returning from six months out with a shoulder injury to claim gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

No wonder she believes she has kept one step ahead of an ever-improving pack.

Marshall said: "It's been two years since I last became world champion and a lot of boxers have improved in that time,.

People change, people get better.

"I know fine well it's not going to be the same experience going there as the champion as opposed to last time when I was making my debut.

"A lot of people will be aiming for me thinking I'm the one to beat.

"I'm not going to go in there cocky or over-confident but I know if I do what I can I can win.

"At middleweight anyone's a threat. It's the hardest weight category because what woman who fights at 69-75kg isn't strong? "The women's sport's really moved on. There are ten times more female boxers than when I first started."

Whatever happens in Jeju City's Halla Gymnasium, the tournament will always hold special memories for Marshall.

She added: "Winning the World Championships in 2012 was the most pleasing moment of my career,.

"I didn't get the result I wanted at the Olympics later that summer, but I will always be Britain's first women's world boxing champion. …

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