Abbots Langley-born boxer Shannon Courtenay has had to pull out of her World Boxing Association (WBA) championship fight with Nina Hughes, citing a recurring knee injury.
The 29-year-old former world champion was set to fight the current holder of the bantamweight title at the Matchroom event at Wembley Arena on Saturday, June 10.
Posting on her social media accounts, Courtenay said: “After doctors agreeing I need to have further surgery to my knee, I’m devastated to say I won’t be fighting on June 10.
“Nina can claim I’ve ‘s*** it’, but fact of the matter is I need to have working legs to fight.
“Our fight was originally meant for April 1, which she pulled out of due to injury and I was understanding/professional about the whole thing, because these things happen in sport. Shame she couldn’t have the same approach.
“I wish Nina and her team the best of luck on June 10. I’ll see you soon. I’ll be taking some time off from socials as this entire situation has gutted me and I don’t want my mental health to be affected further.”
The fight will still be going ahead, but with Wolverhampton-born boxer Katie Hughes taking Courtenay’s place.
Courtenay formerly held the WBA Bantamweight title from April to October 2021.
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