Support floods in for Hartlepool ‘silent assassin’ Savannah Marshall after Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor undercard appearance

Savannah Marshall thunders a right into the head of Sydney LeBlanc
Savannah Marshall thunders a right into the head of Sydney LeBlanc

Friends and supporters of Hartlepool’s ‘silent assassin’ were quick to send their congratulations to boxer Savannah Marshall after winning her first pro fight in Las Vegas.

The 26-year-old could not have chosen a more high profile occasion for her victory, appearing on the undercard of the much-hyped Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight.

Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Conor McGregor during their fight at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 26, 2017. See PA story BOXING Las Vegas. Photo credit should read: PA Wire/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Conor McGregor during their fight at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 26, 2017. See PA story BOXING Las Vegas. Photo credit should read: PA Wire/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use.

Savannah, who is moving to Las Vegas after being signed professionally, clinched a unanimous four-round points success over Sydney LeBlanc.

Following her stunning victory, her former college Hartlepool College of Further Education, said on social media: “Well done to Savannah Marshall for winning her first Professional Boxing Fight.

“We are absolutely over the moon at #HCFE for her.”

And her former school English Martyrs said on Twitter: “Congratulations @Smarshall1991 on for first pro boxing victory from everyone.”

Savannah, a super-middleweight, was signed by Mayweather Promotions earlier this year.

She won convincingly with by 40-36, 40-36, 40-36 on the judges’ scorecards.

America’s LeBlanc was hurt by a vicious jab early in the third round, but responded only with largely-ineffective aggression as Marshall repeatedly demonstrated the abilities that once made her such a promising amateur.

Afterwards two-time Olympian Savannah said: “I felt brilliant.

“I’m really glad it was three-minute rounds because I prefer that over two-minute rounds.

“She was really tough like I knew she would be. I’m glad that I got out of there with a win against a top class opponent.”

Thousands of miles back home, many Mail readers took to Facebook to send Savannah their best wishes.

June Powell said on the Mail’s Facebook page: “Congratulations on your win Savannah x.”

Many, including Julie Ryan, simply said: “Well done.”

Paul Moore Snr said: “There’s more fight in our women than there is in our Football Team!”

Judith Turland said: “Well done. I am delighted for you Savanna.”

David Rennie Smashing. Super. Great. Well done Savannah. Tim Coulter’s work paying off at last.” Paula Pulley said: “Way to go Savannah!!”

Turn to pages 24 and 25 of today’s Mail for a full report of Savannah’s big fight.