Growing up in a small town of approximately 92,500 people, standing at 5’11 Savannah Marshall has become a breakout star to put Hartlepool, England on the map. Marshall is one of two athletes to first represent Hartlepool competing in the 2012 London Olympics, joined by fellow female swimmer Jemma Lowe who were both commended by the city behind their prestigious accolades.
Marshall is quite shy to most, but has found her fire in the sport of boxing. Introduced to boxing at age 11, Marshall never looked back and began on her path, a journey she is still writing one chapter at a time as she embarks on new opportunities. Marshall is an orthodox fighter, who describes her skills as technical, using her jab and making long punches. Her skill was developed by longtime trainer/coach Tom Coulter to whom she considers another father figure, stating he taught her everything she knows about boxing. Marshalls parents are both avid supporters of her career and have been there to support her every step of the way since her days as a young child into her teens traveling with her to each of her competitions.
The first gym Marshall was introduced to was, The Hartlepool Hedland Gym, located in her hometown of Hartlepool where she’s trained since the age of 12. At 16 years old, Marshall joined a local boxing team in England and two short years later at 18, she won the European Jr. title. At that time, Marshall was beginning to make a name for herself as the “Silent Assassin” she was recruited to the Great Britain team where she competed for 8 years winning several amateur titles including: The Amateur World Silver in 2010, World Combat Games Gold in 2013, World Gold in 2014, World Bronze in 2016 and what Marshall considers her “proudest moment” winning gold the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao, China on her 21st birthday in 2012. That same championship in China brought one of the greatest accomplishments on the young fighter’s resume, when she beat Claressa Shields in the 2nd round of the AIBA, going on to become the only boxer to defeat now-Olympic gold medalist Clarissa Shields.
Coming off an exciting win in 2012, Marshall was a favorite to win Olympic gold in the London games. Unfortunately, Marshall was defeated in the quarter final-bout by Kazakhastan’s Marina Volnova. Four years later after placing in several tournaments Marshall found herself back on the road to gold, in May 2016 she qualified for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after reaching the semi-finals of the World Championship in Kazakhstan. Marshall was unable to make it past the quarter-final bout in the Rio games.
Despite not winning gold in the 2012 & 2016 Olympic games, Marshall successfully built a name for herself in the sport where she was ultimately faced with an opportunity of a lifetime. In 2017, it was announced during the Gervonta Davis vs. Liam Walsh press conference by Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe that Mayweather Promotions proudly added another exciting prospect to their roster of growing talent by signing Marshall. Marshall recalls everything happening so quick, but that she knew this was the right decision for her career. The UK is a huge boxing mecca and she is proud to have the support she’s garnered from London follow her to the states. Marshall joins a stable of two other female boxers at Mayweather Promotions, Latondria Jones and former world champion Layla McCarter. Marshall looks ahead as she plans to make her debut on one of the biggest fight cards of the decade, Mayweather vs. McGregor.
When Marshall isn’t training or competing, she enjoys the little things, like spending time with family and friends, and taking her new puppy on long walks. If she wasn’t a boxer, Marshall would have taken up a career as a teacher.