Women’s boxing has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. With names like Claressa Shields, Katie Taylor, Amanda Serrano, and Jessica McCaskill, the ladies of soft science are getting closer to the stage they deserve.
WBA bantamweight champion Shannon Courtenay (7-1, 3 KOs) is part of a group that aims to reach the next level of popularity. Courtenay is coming out of a high-profile unanimous decision over Ebania Bridges in April to claim the vacant title and is expected to make his first belt defense against Jamie Mitchell on the undercard of Liam Smith’s bout against Anthony Fowler.
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The fight with Mitchell has been postponed due to injury, but Courtenay is ready to step back into the ring and prove that she should be mentioned as one of the best female boxers on the planet.
“There was a lot of frustration because the date changed like three times and the opponent changed,” Courtenay said. “But it’s happened to me before… I wasn’t too frustrated and I’m getting used to it.
“But it worked out for the best because I’m on a stacked card and can’t wait to be on the show.”
“I promised my little sister and my mother that the belt would come home.”
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Courtenay has had a change in attitude over the past year. After her first professional loss to Rachel Ball last August, the England fighter found herself relieved of the pressure to protect that undefeated record.
“Before this fight, I was too arrogant and a lot of things humiliated me that night,” she noted. “It was also a huge lesson inside and outside the ring. I don’t let too much get to me now. “
Courtenay has always been overflowing with confidence, but she admits that her ego needed to be checked. And that experience of humility allowed her to understand her flaws and improve in ways she never thought she could have imagined without tasting defeat.
“I had a loss, didn’t I? She said how she got him back. “Zero is on your shoulders, so the pressure is gone. You don’t have to hang on to that “0” that so many fighters are pressuring. You realize that you have made mistakes and you are inspired by them. I came back to training even harder.
“I worked hard and became world champion so (the loss) made me feel good.”
And now that she has the title, she’s more than ready to roll back any opponent who thinks they can step in and take it away.
Mitchell has vowed to take back the title in the United States, but Courtenay is not interested in suffering another loss and giving up what she worked so hard to acquire.
“This WBA title is not leaving the UK,” she said. “I guarantee you now. Sunday morning I’ll be sitting at my mother’s house with all my family.
“And always (the champion).”