TRENTON – Norma Marshall’s boxing transformation is incomplete.
For all her achievements in the last year, Marshall has been on a mission to drop down six kilograms to the 60kg weight class as the 2015-16 season for the Albion Amateur Boxing Club winds down for the summer.
“The season never really ends – just here (at the gym),” she said. “It would be nice to get my weight down to more my size.”
Less weight could mean more opponents for Marshall, who as it is has won six of the seven bouts during her recent ring comeback.
‘We’d like her to fight at 60 kilos,” Albion club head coach Al Archibald said. “At the moment, it’s her decision. We’re giving her the summer to go 60, 64 or 69 kilos. Sixty is what we’re aiming for but it’s hard for her to hold it. Physically, she’s trying to get there. We’ll know better in September.”
Marshall earned a spot on Boxing Canada’s National B Team after losing a close gold medal match in late March to Marian Disilva, the current defending Canadian champion.
Marshall advanced to the gold medal match by defeating Bonny Hunter.
She won national championships four straight years and was once a gold medalist at the Quebec Cup prior to her six-year absence from the ring.
Marshall also won a unanimous decision on April 30 in Toronto over Kylie Fallis from Toronto. She won all four rounds and forced a standing eight count in the fourth round against Fallis, who is considered one of the top Canadian female boxers.
Archibald said any weight class Marshall boxes in will be challenging, no matter how many opponents she would face in each one.
“Every single match is a tough match,” he said. “There are no easy matches anymore.”
Meanwhile, Albion boxers will have another chance to host provincial championships
The club is slated to host the Nova Scotia championship card on Nov. 7.
Top photo: Norma Marshall uses a mirror for shadow boxing practice during a workout with the Albion Amateur Boxing Club gym in Trenton. Inset: Marshall works on her skipping as part of her training. (Goodwin photos)