Sky Academy Sports Scholarships: Savannah Marshall aiming to peak at World Championships

By Sam Drury

Last Updated: 26/03/2017, 14:25 GMT

England's Savannah Marshall (blue) in action against Nigeria's Edith Ogoke
Savannah Marshall (blue): In action on her way to Commonwealth gold

Savannah Marshall is aiming to peak in time for the World Championships in November after admitting she was a long way from her best despite winning Commonwealth boxing gold.

The Hartlepool middleweight underwent shoulder surgery earlier in the year, forcing her to miss out on the European Championships but made a victorious return in Glasgow.

I feel like I’m far from my best. I was just going to enjoy it and get rid of a bit of ring rust and so I’m really happy with how it turned out
Savannah Marshall on Glasgow 2014

Despite securing another gold medal, Marshall is spending little time reflecting on the win, instead choosing to keep looking forward with a second World Championships gold medal now in her sights.

“I just concentrate on the next tournament and the next tournament is the World Championships in November. I’m hoping to be ready for that and obviously I hope I can peak for then,” she told Sky Sports.

As far as the Commonwealth Games are concerned, the Sky Academy Sports Scholar was just pleased to be back boxing – that she was able to claim another title was apparently little more than an unexpected bonus.

“I feel like I’m far from my best. I was just going to enjoy it and get rid of a bit of ring rust and so I’m really happy with how it turned out,” Marshall added, in typically understated fashion.


“I took loads from it. Like I said I’m just happy to be back boxing and to medal, never mind get gold. It’s just overwhelming.”

To get the win she had to overcome a couple of tricky opponents, none more so than Canada’s Ariane Fortin in the final. It was an extremely close bout but Marshall insists she was confident she would get the decision.

“I was (confident), I felt that I did win but then when it came as a split decision I thought they hadn’t seen what I was seeing, so it was a bit of a shock,” she said. “I’m just happy to win; I’m not going to complain.”

As well as the medal, Marshall was pleased that even during the course of the Games, she felt her form slowly started to come back, even if her best is still some way off.

“I think the first fight was a lot more awkward because I hadn’t boxed in a while, it was a lot harder,” the reigning middleweight world champion explained.

“I did feel a bit better as I went on, but as I say, I still think I’m quite far off my best and I’m hoping to peak for the World Championships in November.”