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.
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.