Courtenay was set to make her first defence of her world bantamweight title on the undercard of Liam Smith and Anthony Fowler’s fight in Liverpool, but missed weight by 2.5lbs
Shannon Courtenay has explained her period was the reason she missed weight after she was stripped of her world bantamweight title.
Courtenay will still fight Jamie Mitchell, who made the weight and still could win the title if she takes the victory at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
But after coming in at 120.5lbs, which is 2.5lbs above the limit for bantamweight title fights, the Watford native was given two hours to make 118, which she opted not to do.
And in a statement on Instagram, Courtenay has said that an unexpected early start to her menstrual cycle meant that her weight fluctuate.
“Thank you to everyone that’s been messaging to check on me & send me love,” she said.
“We had no weight issues during camp & all week I’ve been in a really good place & ready.
“We was on weight and ready to go yesterday an 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.”
Courtenay won her world title in April by defeating Australian Ebanie Bridges in one of the last behind-closed-doors boxing shows in the UK for the then-vacant belt.
She was pushed to a close decision by Bridges, who is one of the more popular fighters in the weight class.
Courtenay was scheduled to defend her title at Matchroom Boxing’s Fight Camp in July, but had to pull out due to a minor injury.
And she is now set to fight in Liverpool on the Liam Smith and Anthony Fowler fight night.
There were plans for her to fight Rachel Ball in a rematch for their 2020 Fight Camp bout, which is the one loss on Courtenay’s record.
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But Mitchell was made the new challenger when Ball was once again unable to compete after a series of health struggles since contracting coronavirus earlier this year.
“To be honest with you, after Rachel Ball pulled out we could have taken a nice easy defence,” said Courtenay ahead of the bout.
“We picked someone who was ranked number one in America. I’m not here to play games
“I know it’s only going to get harder.
“She [Mitchell] is from the Mayweather Gym so she has that nice slick defensive movement about her. She’s got a lovely jab.
“She had a good amateur career. She’s a big name in America. Her name carries a bit of weight.
“She starts sharp and has good torso and head movement. Physically she has the same structure as me.
“It’s going to be a good fight. We both hit quite hard.”