Mayweather-McGregor’s a freak show but it is a serious business for Savannah Marshall

Floyd Mayweather Jr (left), and Conor McGregor cut contrasting poses, in Las Vegas
Floyd Mayweather Jr (left), and Conor McGregor cut contrasting poses, in Las Vegas

Savannah Marshall might be part of one of the biggest events in the history of sport – but the Hartlepool girl is not in Las Vegas for fun.

The 26-year-old is part of the undercard for the ‘fight’ between unbeaten boxing legend, Floyd Mayweather, and UFC superstar, Conor McGregor.

Savannah has had an excellent camp with Peter Fury, everything has been positive and she’s learned so much

TIM COULTER

Marshall will make her professional debut when she meets tough American middleweight, Sydney LeBlanc, over four rounds at the T Mobile Arena, a show being screened live around the world on pay-per-viewTV.

May-Mac has been derided by many as some sort of freak show as one of the world’s greatest ever boxers takes to the square ring to take on a man who is well versed in smashing people to bits in an octagon, but has precious little experience in the noble art.

While Mayweather and McGregor will be counting their dollars after the weekend, million by million, for Marshall this is serious stuff.

It is her first step as a professional and the first on a path leading to her own big-money-fight – a world title clash with unbeaten double Olympic champion, Claressa Shields.

Marshall’s coach, Tim Coulter told SportMail how for all the bright lights, glitz and glamour, theHeadland ABC star must shut all that out.

“Vegas is an incredible city and it’s all about Mayweather-McGregor,” said Coulter. “For me, it’s not really a contest – Conor has never had a bout.

“But there are no complaints from us – what a stage for Savannah to make her pro debut.

“It’s all about getting the win and starting her transition from amateur boxing to the pro game.

“The one good thing is that Savannah has travelled all over the world and boxed in huge tournaments and in big arenas, so she has that experience.

“She’s not had the experience of the TV lights and all the razzmattazz this event brings.

“But once she’s in the ring and that bell goes, it’s just her and Sydney and it’s boxing.

“This is something she’s very, very good at and she has to take what we all know she can do into the bout.

“Savannah has had an excellent camp with Peter Fury, everything has been positive and she’s learned so much.

“She looks so positive, excited and since turning pro she’s really got her tail up.

“This is the start of her transition and it’s about taking it bit by bit.

“Yes, it’s some night and we’re over the moon to be there, but this is not some jolly, it’s about getting the job done.

“Hopefully she’ll be on early, get the win and then take her seat and enjoy the show.”