Savannah Marshall has signed for the ‘Money’ in Las Vegas – but it is the glory she is chasing.
The Hartlepool star has turned professional by agreeing a four-year deal with the biggest name in boxing – Floyd Mayweather.
I’ve said that I’d like half in the UK, but I don’t know exactly how it will work out yetSAVANNAH MARSHALL
Mayweather Promotions will base the 25-year-old in the world-famous US desert city with an as-yet unnamed coach.
‘Pretty Boy’ or ‘Money’, as he is known, amassed a fortune in an unbeaten 49-bout career and has continued piling up the dollars – and champions – as a promoter.
That is great news for Marshall, who is following in the ringsteps of two other legends of women’s boxing – 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.
But a deal with Mayweather is something special.
“I think we are looking at six to eight fights a year,” said the Headland middleweight, who has been training hard with coach and mentor, Tim Coulter, at the Northgate gym.
“I’ve said that I’d like half in the UK, but I don’t know exactly how it will work out yet. I’m looking forward to getting out to Vegas and getting to work.
“I’ve been training really hard with Tim in our gym.
“Tim has been a brilliant coach all my career and he’s trained Mick Hadfield in the pros, so he’s been helping me make the transition from the amateurs.”
SportMail revealed in March that Marshall had left the amateur game, ending her medal-laden association with Team GB.
But the launch 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.
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 gold medallist.
“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.”