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Date of Birth: 19th May 1991
Club: Hartlepool Headland
Home Town: Hartlepool
Club Coach: Tim Coulter
• 2013 EU Boxing Championships gold medalist
• 2012 World Champion
• 2011 European Championship bronze medallist
• 2010 World Championship silver medallist
Savannah Marshall is Britain’s first ever Women’s World Boxing Champion and won the title on her 21st birthday at the 2012 World Championships in Quinhuangdao, China with a 17-15 victory over Elena Vystropova of Azerbaijan. It was the second time Savannah had competed in a World final after she lost 5-4 to Andrecia Wasson of the USA in the 69kg final in Barbados in 2010.
Savannah started boxing aged 12 at the Hartlepool Headland club as a means of staying fit and quickly displayed a natural ability and commitment that saw the coaches overcome their initial scepticism. Once she began to compete as a junior, she quickly racked-up a string of victories and was invited to train with the England team aged 15. In 2009 she won the ABAE senior title at the first time of asking with a round one stoppage of Sian Hemming in only her second bout as a senior (over 18). She remains unbeaten in domestic contests.
In March 2010 she became the youngest member of Great Britain’s first female Olympic boxing team at the age of 18. Although she was boxing in the 69kg welterweight category, this was not an Olympic weight so after winning a silver medal in her first World Championship appearance in September 2010, Savannah moved-up to the Olympic 75kg middleweight category at the start of 2011.
In 2011, Savannah delivered her first medal at 75kg winning bronze in the European Championships in Rotterdam and followed this up in spectacular style at the 2012 World Championships in China where she qualified for London and became Great Britain’s first ever female boxing World Champion. From an extremely tough draw, Savannah won six contests and never looked troubled against a series of opponents, including boxers ranked 2 and 3 in the world. She went on to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games but was hampered by injury and lost in her first contest.
A shy and quiet individual, Savannah likes to let her sport do the talking and has been affectionately christened the ‘Silent Assassin’ by some of the boxing press for her reluctance to be interviewed. Born in Hartlepool, she attended English Martyrs School where she secured 12 GCSEs. She also has a BTEC National Diploma in Sport from Hartlepool FE College which she passed with a distinction.