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Saunders vs Murray: Shannon Courtenay returns on undercard, looking to bounce back from first loss

The prospect hopes to end 2020 on a high note this Friday.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Junior featherweight Shannon Courtenay will look to rebound from her first pro loss on Friday, Dec. 4, when she faces Poland’s Dorota Norek on the Saunders-Murray undercard.

The 27-year-old Courtenay (5-1, 2 KO) is a Matchroom favorite and popular on the British scene in general, but she had a rough go of it stepping up in August, when she lost a decision to Rachel Ball. Courtenay didn’t make weight for that fight, then was dropped in the first round and beaten on points in a competitive, entertaining fight.

Courtenay felt she’d done enough to win, and like any fighter, we’ll have to see if she can bounce back from a first defeat and become better. She’s still a raw fighter in a lot of ways, but she’s got great heart and fights with tremendous determination.

How to Watch Saunders vs Murray

Date: Friday, Dec. 4 | Start Time: 1:00 pm ET
Location: SSE Arena, Wembley - London, England
Stream: DAZN | TV: Sky Sports (UK)
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Norek (6-1, 1 KO) is a 31-year-old fighter who turned pro in 2018. She’s 6-0 at home and 0-1 abroad, dropping a decision to Fatima Dudieva in Russia in Nov. 2019 on scores of 77-75, 79-75, and 80-72.

Apart from the Saunders-Murray fight for Saunders’ WBO title and Courtenay’s return, Matchroom’s Friday show will feature returns for James Tennyson and Zach Parker, as well.

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