Abbots Langley boxer Shannon Courtenay has lost for just the second time in her career to American Jamie Mitchell.
Courtenay lost the fight just a day after being stripped of her WBA bantamweight title, which she had won in April, for missing her weight.
This meant that regardless of the outcome of last night’s fight, Courtenay would not be going home with the belt.
At the fight at the M&S Bank Arena on October 9, Mitchell got off to good start putting the pressure on Courtenay early until the seventh round when Courtenay took advantage of Mitchell’s tiredness throughout the eight and ninth rounds.
The judges scored a majority decision, with one giving the fight a draw and two in favour of Mitchell.
Updating fans after the defeat, Courtenay shared a post on Instagram promising fans she would be world champion again.
She said: “Sometimes when your in there it feels like you’ve done enough to get the win but obviously that wasn’t the case last night. Congratulations to Mitchell and her team the better woman won. Enjoy being world champion it’s the best feeling in the world.
“I now need to address a couple issues outside of the ring that I’ve been dealing with privately so that I can be 100% for the rematch to make sure I win my world title back! Thank you to everyone for the support and sorry to anyone I’ve let down but I promise you I’ll be world champion again soon.
“Thank you to my incredible team without them I wouldn’t of coped the last couple months it’s been a very difficult time for me and thank you to my loyal sponsors I’m forever grateful to have you.”
Courtenay had previously taken to Instagram ahead of the fight to update fans after missing her weight by 2.5lbs.
She wrote: “Thank you to everyone that’s been messaging to check on me and send me love. We had no weight issues during camp and all week I’ve been in a really good place and ready. We was on weight and ready to go yesterday & then last night unexpectedly my menstrual cycle started which for obvious reasons makes woman gain weight.
“To say I’m devastated is understatement because this has never happened before I’m always professional but this was physically out of my control. It’s happened and I can’t change it but what I can do is go out there tomorrow night get the win and get my belt back straight after and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’m switching off now I have a fight to get ready for.”
If a rematch is granted it would be likely to take place towards the start of next year.
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