Tyson Fury calls Deontay Wilder 'weak' as row erupts at press conference
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British world champion boxer Shannon Courtenay will be stripped of her WBA bantamweight title after missing the weight for her championship defence against Jamie Mitchell. Courtenay said an early start to her menstrual cycle was the reason behind her not making the weight for the fight.
The 28-year-old weighed in at 2.5lbs over the 118lbs limit on Friday afternoon.
The fight with Mitchell is still set to go ahead after the American made weight – and she could claim the title if she defeats Courtenay at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
Courtenay took to social media to express her disappointment at the development.
“We was [sic] on weight and ready to go yesterday,” the Brit wrote on Instagram.
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“Then last night unexpectedly my menstrual cycle started, which makes women gain weight.
“We had no weight issues during camp and all week I’ve been in a really good place and ready.
“To say I’m devastated is an 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 [Saturday] night get the win and get my belt back straight after and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
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“Thank you to everyone that’s been messaging to check on me and send me love.
“I’m switching off now I have a fight to get ready for.”
Courtenay claimed the title in her last fight back in April, when she defeated Australian star Ebanie Bridges via decision.
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn admitted he was hopeful Mitchell would be able to compete for the now-vacant WBA title.
The 36-year-old Mitchell, who suggested her ‘toolbox’ is bigger than Courtenay’s own repertoire last week, had claimed she would win in devastating fashion in the build-up to the fight.
Mitchell also labelled Courtenay ‘nothing special’.
Courtenay was looking forward to the first defence of her WBA title, and has won her last two fights after suffering the first loss of her career.
The Hertfordshire-born star is the favourite to defeat Mitchell as she seeks the eighth win of her professional career.
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