Courtenay STRIPPED of title before first defence after failing to make weight

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Bantamweight champion Shannon Courtenay has been denied the world title despite not making a single defense.

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The 28-year-old Brit failed to shed the weight for her fight with Jamie Mitchell on Saturday evening after coming in over 2lbs.

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Shannon Courteney failed to lose weight for her fight with Jamie Mitchellcredits: PA
Britain was later stripped of his world bantamweight title

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Britain was later stripped of his world bantamweight titlecredit: Reuters

Courtenay was expected to defend his first title on the undercard for Liam Smith’s super-welterweight grudge match with Anthony Fowler.

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But at Friday’s weigh-in, she was over 120-and-a-half pounds, two and a half pounds over the 118-pound bantamweight limit.

The WBA gave him two hours to lose the weight but Matchroom Boxing confirmed that his client had been stripped of the title.

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Promoter Eddie Hearn is still hopeful that the fight can go ahead as planned, allowing Courtenay to regain his crown on the first attempt.

His statement read: “Thank you to everyone who has been messaging me for checking in on me and sending me love.

“We didn’t have any weight issues during camp and all week I stayed in really good shape and prepared.

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“We were on weight and ready to go yesterday and then last night, unexpectedly, my period started which, for obvious reasons, makes women gain weight.”

Courteney, who claimed a 7-1 record, claimed the WBA bantamweight title in April with a points win against Australian star Abani Bridges.

She said: “To say I’m devastated is an understatement because it’s never happened before.

“I’ve always been a professional but it was out of my control physically.

“It’s done and I can’t change it, but what I can do is go there last night, take the win and get my belt straight back.

“And that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’m switched off now, I’ve got a fight to make up for.”

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