Boxing great Floyd Mayweather signs Hartlepool's Savannah Marshall

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Savannah Marshall has turned professional with the biggest name in boxing - Floyd Mayweather.

Hartlepool's fight hero has signed a four-year contract with Mayweather Promotions and will be based in Las Vegas.

SportMail revealed in March that the 25-year-old had left the amateur game, ending her medal-laden association with the Great Britain squad.

But the launch today of the link-up between Britain's first female world champion and the unbeaten legend has taken her career, and life, to a new level.

Mayweather Promotions announced the deal at a press conference in London where his IBF world super-featherweight champion Gervonta Davis will be defending his title this weekend against Norfolk's Liam Walsh.

Marshall described the venture as "a dream come true" and hopes to become world middleweight champion as a professional.

"It does not come any better than signing for Floyd Mayweather, does it?" said the 2012 world champion, who has been training hard with Headland coach and long-time mentor, Tim Coulter, at the Northgate gym since leaving Team GB.

"When I left GB, I had nothing lined up, I just wanted to train and look at what options were out there.

"Then this opportunity came up and I could not have been happier.

"It all came through my GB team-mate and friend, Sandy Ryan, whose boyfriend, Sam Jones, does business with Floyd and Mayweather Promotions.

"He had a meeting with Floyd and asked if he'd be interested in signing me and he was!

"I'd like to thank Sam for advising me and helping with this and Tim for everything he has done for me.

"It's a dream come true for me and can't wait to get started."

Mayweather amassed a fortune as an unbeaten world champion and 'Pretty Boy', recently turned 40, has continued piling up the dollars as a promoter

Marshall, the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, is following two other legends of women's boxing into the pro game - Katie Taylor and Nicola Adams.

Taylor boxes for leading British promoter Eddie Hearn on Sky Sports with Adams operating under Frank Warren's banner on BT Sport.

Marshall hopes to box in the USA and UK though she will be based in Vegas where she hopes to build her challenge to world honours.

A megabucks fight with America's two-time Olympic gold medallist, Claressa Shields, looks inevitable.

Shields has already begun her professional career, winning both of her bouts since leaving the amateurs after winning in Rio last summer.