Courtenay devastated after losing WBA bauble on scales

Watford bantamweight eager to regain belt after missing weight in Liverpool

Shannon Courtenay has broken her silence after failing to make weight for her next fight.

The Watford bantamweight had been set to defend the WBA world title on Saturday night in Liverpool.

Courtenay (7-1, 3 KOs) will still meet Jamie Mitchell (6-0-2, 4 KOs) at the M&S Bank Arena, exclusively live on DAZN, but only the American can clinch the bauble after ‘The Baby-Faced Assassin’ came in overweight on Friday afternoon.

The champion, who lost her belt on the scales, came in two-and-a-half pounds over the 118lb limit and didn’t attempt to make the weight a second time, with her promoter Eddie Hearn confirming that the fight, on the undercard of Liam Smith’s battle for Scouse super-welterweight supremacy against local rival Anthony Fowler, will still happen, despite the weight mishap for Courtenay.

And the 28-year-old, who had designs on a stadium defence of her title at Vicarage Road, the home of Watford Football Club, has released a statement, explaining why she missed weight.

“We had no weight issues during camp,” said Courtenay via social media, “and all week I’ve been in a really good place and ready. We [were] on weight and ready to go yesterday and then last night, unexpectedly, my menstrual cycle started, which –– for obvious reasons –– makes [women] gain weight.”

Courtenay will face ‘The Miracle’ Mitchell in what was scheduled to be her first defence of the title she won in a vacant capacity against Australia’s Ebanie Bridges back in April.

“To say I’m devastated is an understatement because this has never happened before,” she continued. “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.”

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