Abbots Langley boxing star Shannon Courtenay is set to be stripped of her WBA bantamweight belt after she missed the weight for her title defence against Jamie Mitchell.
Courtenay, 28, was crowned WBA World Female bantamweight champion after she defeated Australian opponent Ebanie Bridges on points in a brutal fight at the Copper Box Arena in London on April 10.
Now ahead of her fight against Mitchell, Courtenay weighed in 2.5lbs over the 118lbs (8st 6lb) limit.
Shannon will still fight Jamie Mitchell, who made the weight and could win the title if she takes the victory tonight (Saturday, October 9) at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
Courtenay updated fans via a post on her Instagram page and said she was ready to go out and fight for the win.
She wrote: “Thank you to everyone that’s been messaging to check on me & 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 & 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 & that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’m switching off now I have a fight to get ready for.”
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