Commonwealth Games: Savannah Marshall relishing her return to the ring

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Despite not having boxed for six months, Savannah Marshall is set to compete for a medal in women’s middleweight in Glasgow.

The Hartlepool fighter is the reigning world champion and will defend her title later this year in South Korea. As such she will go to Glasgow as one of the favourites to take home the gold.

However, having had shoulder surgery over the winter that forced her to miss May’s European Championships, Marshall faces a race against time to be fully fit. The signs are good in that she is back in training and sparring, and following a surprise quarter-final exit at the Olympic Games in London two years ago, Marshall will be more determined than ever to make amends.

If Marshall is at the top of her game it will be hard for anyone to stop her. Things are never that easy in a major championship and her fitness remains a concern but, if 100 per cent fit, the 22-year-old looks sure to be in medal contention.

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