Savannah Marshall

Savannah Marshall
Personal information
Nickname(s) Silent Assassin
Nationality British
Born (1991-05-19) 19 May 1991
Hartlepool, County Durham, England
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Sport Boxing
Rated at Middleweight, 75 kg
Club Hartlepool Headland ABC

Savannah Marshall (born 19 May 1991)[1] is a British female boxer, winning Britain's first ever women's boxing world title.[2] She has been nicknamed as the ‘Silent Assassin’ due to her innate shyness.[3]

Early life

Marshall attended the English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, Hartlepool,[4] where she achieved 12 GCSEs before gaining a Distinction in a BTEC National Diploma in Sport at Hartlepool College.[5][6] She has been boxing since aged 12,[7] when she joined a local Hartlepool Headland club with friends in order to keep fit.[5]


Following her win in China at the 2012 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao, China, Marshall was a favourite to win Olympic gold in London in August 2012.[3] However, she was defeated 1612 by Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan in her opening, quarter-final bout.[8] Marshall remains the only boxer ever to have defeated Claressa Shields, the middleweight women's gold medalist in the 2012 Olympics; the upset bout took place in the semifinals of the world championships at Qinhuangdao in 2012.[9]

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Marshall beat Ariane Fortin of Canada to take the gold medal in the women's middleweight division.[10] In May 2016, Marshall qualified for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after reaching the semi-finals of the World Championships in Kazakhstan.[11]


  1. "Savannah Marshall". Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  2. Savannah Marshall wins Britain's first ever women's boxing world title.The Guardian, 2012.
  3. 1 2 "SAVANNAH MARSHALL IS GOING FOR GOLD IN 2012". 24 May 2012.
  4. Scott Wilson.Shy Savannah's rise to the Olympics.The Northern Echo, 2012.
  5. 1 2 Savannah Marshall, 2012.
  6. "FE students add to Team GB Olympic medal haul". FE Week. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  7. Savannah Marshall wins World Championships gold in China.BBC Sport, 2012.
  8. "Shock for gold medal hope Savannah as world champion Marshall suffers defeat". Daily Mail. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  9. Woodyard, Eric. "First amateur loss frustrates Flint boxer Claressa Shields, she expected a victory." Flint Journal, May 15, 2012. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  10. "Savannah Marshall". Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  11. "Savannah Marshall qualifies for Rio Olympics after making World Championship semi-finals". Sky Sports. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
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