An Abbots Langley boxer will make her professional debut next month for a televised world title fight card in London.
Shannon Courtenay will be live on Sky Sports on March 23 at the Copper Box Arena.
Speaking to AbbotsNews Courtenay said: “It’s all really exciting. I knew for a while I was turning professional, and I also knew my debut would be on Sky Sports.
“I didn’t know that my fight would come so soon after going pro, but I feel ready and I couldn’t wish for a better start to my career.
It’s a very special moment that I’ve dreamed of for a long time.”
Shannon, nicknamed ‘The Baby Face Assassin’, said she’s felt plenty of support locally in Abbots.
She said: “I know plenty of Abbots people coming to the fight, it almost feels like the whole village is coming.”
The fighter, whose promotor is the world-famous Eddie Hearn, featured in a televised press conference several weeks ago.
She said: “Since my press conference, if I’ve been out shopping in Abbots, people notice me and talk to me about the fight.
“It’s really strange but it’s obviously lovely, it’s just a matter of getting used to it; but the support has been amazing.”
Since going pro, Shannon’s training regime has changed significantly, as she’s now trained by Adam Booth, known for his work with David Haye and George Groves, and Charlie Beatt.
She said: “There’s a dramatic change in training since I turned pro. I’ve started weight-lifting and I’m now eight weeks into that, so my body has dramatically changed. I’ve come down a couple of weight classes.
“It’s so strenuous but I love it. I get to do something I love every single day.”
Shannon also spoke of her currently unknown opponent for the March fight, saying: “I don’t know who it’s going to be and to be honest, I don’t care. I’m working on my game and I know I’m ready for them, whoever it is.
“They can worry about me, but I’m not worried about them.”
Shannon also thanked her sponsors FMS Recovery, Eason Group and Toureen Group.