Sa­van­nah earns her just re­ward

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - SPORT -

HARTLE­POOL’S Sa­van­nah Mar­shall won on her pro­fes­sional box­ing de­but on the un­der­card of Floyd May­weather’s fight with Conor McGre­gor when she earned a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over Syd­ney Le­Blanc in Las Ve­gas.

The 26-year-old Bri­tish su­per-mid­dleweight, who was signed by May­weather Pro­mo­tions ear­lier this year, con­vinced with her jab through­out the course of the four-round fight on Satur­day to se­cure a 40-36, 40-36, 40-36 vic­tory on the three 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 rounded abil­i­ties that once made her such a promis­ing am­a­teur.

“I felt bril­liant,” the two-time Olympian said af­ter­wards at the T-Mo­bile Arena. “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 I got out of there with a win against a top-class op­po­nent.”

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