May-Mac: Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall faces America’s Sydney LeBlanc on debut

Savannah Marshall (right) has not fought since losing to Nouchka Fontijn at the Olympics
Savannah Marshall (right) has not fought since losing to Nouchka Fontijn at the Olympics

Savannah Marshall has been handed a difficult opponent for her pro debut – USA tough nut Sydney LeBlanc.

Marshall will box on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor showdown in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Originally, the Hartlepool fighter had been listed to box another American, Amy Coleman, who was also due to be making her paid debut.

Coleman, like Mayweather’s bitter rival, McGregor, was crossing over from the MMA, where she is a leading exponent in that sport.

But now it has been confirmed that the 2012 World amateur champion will tackle the tough and experienced LeBlanc.

The 33-year-old, from Gretna, Louisiana, has boxed seven times as a pro, including taking world champ, Claressa Shields, the full eight rounds in a WBC silver title fight in May.

While heavily outpointed – all three judges marked it 80-72 to the double Olympic gold medallist – she refused to buckle.

LeBlanc has won four of her seven career contests.

It will therefore be no pushover for Marshall, who turned pro in June with Mayweather Promotions.

The 26-year-old enjoyed a stunning amateur career, winning gold medals at the World Championship, Commonwealth Games, EU Championship and World Combat Games.

Marshall competed at two Olympic Games, going out in the quarter-finals in Rio to Nouchka Fontijn.

The Headland ABC star has not fought since that controversial points defeat.