Mayweather puts old coach in Savannah Marshall corner for Las Vegas fight

Savannah Marshal and coach Tim Coulter after her win at the 2015 GB Championship
Savannah Marshal and coach Tim Coulter after her win at the 2015 GB Championship

Savannah Marshall will have her original coach in the blue corner when she makes her professional debut on the massive May-Mac show in Las Vegas.

Tim Coulter, the man who has guided the Hartlepool fighter from the very start of her career, flew out to Nevada today ahead of the pay-per-view spectacular at the T Mobile Arena on Saturday night.

I think it would have been hard if she had a stranger in her corner, someone who doesn’t know her

TIM COULTER

Marshall will take on American hardcase, Sydney LeBlanc, over four rounds on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor confrontation.

The former world middleweight champion and Commonwealth Games gold medallist was signed up by Mayweather Promotions in June and will be based in the boxing legend’s home city of Las Vegas.

But the 26-year-old has done her preparations in England with top trainer, Peter Fury, who took his nephew Tyson to world title glory against Wladimir Klitschko, and long-time mentor Coulter.

With Peter Fury getting son, Hughie, ready for his WBO world title challenge against Joseph Parker next month, the Bolton trainer could not go out to Vegas. But employing Coulter in Marshall’s corner on Saturday night is a master stroke by the Mayweather camp.

No-one knows the ‘Silent Assassin’ like the Headland ABC head coach, who will be putting her through her final paces in her Nevada gym.

“Savannah has been in Vegas since last week to acclimatise,” Coulter told SportMail. “I’m flying out there today. She’s had a great camp with Peter, everything has gone so well.

“Peter’s a fantastic trainer and she’s learned loads of new stuff, adapting to the new style seamlessly.

“Savannah’s been in our gym as well when she’s been back in Hartlepool and she’s looking brilliant.

“I took her on the pads last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before she went to Vegas and I was very impressed with her.”

While Coulter is synonymous with the amateur system, having coached top-line fighters like Marshall, Mark Denton and Mick Hadfield, he does have experience of the pro game.

“I had a dabble when Mick went professional,” he added. “This will be Savannah’s first fight as a pro and her first without a headguard on.

“I’ll be able to assist with all that but I think the good thing is that she will have someone she knows and someone who knows her.

“I think it would have been hard if she had a stranger in her corner, someone who doesn’t know her.

“I’m over the moon to be going there but I’m going there to do a job and that’s to get Savannah off to a winning start.”