Savannah Marshall prepares to defend her title in front of North East crowd

Hartlepool boxer Savannah Marshall says she is eager to defend her title in front of a home crowd on Saturday night.

The WBO middleweight world champion faces Lolita Muzeya, defending her belt for the second time since defeating Hannah Rankin at Wembley Arena in 2020.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the bout is the first time Marshall fights as champion in front of a crowd.

Despite former world champion Chris Eubanks Jr facing Wanik Awdijan on the same ticket, Marshall's fight top's the bill.

She says she is "absolutely privileged" to record this rare achievement for women's boxing.

The fight takes place on Saturday 16 October at Newcastle's Utilita Arena.