Buoyed by her Commonwealth Games gold at Glasgow 2014, boxer Savannah Marshall admits she is starting to banish her Olympic disappointment of three years ago and get back to the top in the sport.
The new 75kg world champion, Marshall arrived at London 2012 with much expected of her.
Sadly it would be a short-lived experience with Marshall suffering a shock 16-12 defeat in her opening bout to Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan.
Redemption arrived last summer though as middleweight boxer Marshall got the better of Canada’s Ariane Fortin in the gold medal bout at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Glasgow was the first time women’s boxing had ever featured at a Commonwealth Games, ensuring Marshall’s name went down in history for the right reasons.
Her next bid to enter the record books arrives on Friday as she starts her bid for success at the first-ever European Games in Baku in the women’s middleweight round of 16.
She is one of three female boxers in the Great Britain team alongside Sandy Ryan and fellow Glasgow champion Nicola Adams.
And while shy and retiring out of the ring, the ‘Silent Assasin’ as she is known, is determined to put on a show in the Azerbaijan capital.
“With the Commonwealth Games, it was great to be practically on home soil again. I was really happy with how I performed and dealt with the pressure after what went on at London,” she said.
“It goes a long way to banishing those memories. It’s another major medal to add to my tally, but I don’t want to stop there.
“I’d love to win gold in Baku and be one of the first ever European Games champions. I was a part of history in London and then Glasgow and this is another thing to add to my CV.
“Women’s boxing has really taken off, we are getting so much more publicity but the results are also backing that up and that’s great to see.
“Hopefully the team can perform and we can come away with some medals from Baku.”
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