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.
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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.