Hartlepool boxer happy to have got Commonwealth campaign underway

WINNING START: Hartlepool's Savannah Marshall made a winning start to her middleweight campaign at the Commonwealth Games

WINNING START: Hartlepool's Savannah Marshall made a winning start to her middleweight campaign at the Commonwealth Games

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SAVANNAH Marshall’s pursuit of a Commonwealth Games medal finally got underway on Tuesday night – and not soon enough after she revealed the level of her boredom after a first-round win.

The 23-year-old was the last of the entire 11-strong British boxing team to fight at Glasgow 2014, indeed Joe Joyce and Sam Maxwell had both secured at least bronze before she even stepped into a ring.

However Marshall put in a professional performance against a clumsy and awkward opponent in Indian Pooja Rani, who stumbled around the ring and almost accidently threw an elbow.

Marshall was a unanimous winner to advance to the quarter-finals of the middleweight draw and where she’ll meet Botswana’s Pearl Morake, who received a bye.

That fight is scheduled for this evening (Wednesday) at the SECC in Glasgow and Marshall insisted she couldn’t have put up with the pre-fight activities for much longer.

“I was the last one to box out of all of England so it has been a long wait and to be fair it has been boring,” she said.

“There is one games room but it is all mainly for men. There are Xbox’s and I don’t know what you do to entertain women but it’s not that games room.”

Marshall is returning to a major multi-sport event for the first time since women’s boxing made its debut at the London 2012 Olympics and where, as the world champion, lost her one and only fight.

She’s navigated the first hurdle of Rani this time as the sport also makes its first appearance at the Commonwealth Games and Marshall also looked positively at fighting near to midnight on Tuesday.

“I am quite glad I was on last because that meant there was hardly anyone in the crowd. It was a nice way to ease into it,” she added.

“I thought she was going to come forward but she didn’t so that was a bit of surprise.

“I am on again for a few days now hopefully and we’ll have to see if I get better and better the more I fight.”

* Commonwealth Games England (CGE) leads and manages the participation of the Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games. We work with sports, Sponsors and Sport England to support the development of athletes and their sports, and to achieve success at Games-time.

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