Shannon Courtenay’s reign as WBA bantamweight champion is over without a single defense. “The Baby Face Assassin” came in 2.5 pounds heavy for her planned defense against Jamie Mitchell on tomorrow’s Liam Smith vs. Anthony Fowler card and did not attempt to cut the remaining weight.
The fight will proceed as planned and Mitchell (6-0-2, 4 KO) can still claim the vacant title with a victory.
Courtenay (7-1, 3 KO) took to Instagram to plead her case, claiming she was on weight yesterday before her period unexpectedly began. While that absolutely can cause women to gain weight, conservation of mass says that all she had to do was not eat/drink before weigh-ins.
Mikaela Mayer, who saw foe Ewa Brodnicka come in heavy ahead of their title clash, chimed in to call shenanigans on Courtenay’s explanation. It’s worth noting that Courtenay came in two weight classes heavy for what was supposed to be a super bantamweight clash with Rachel Ball last year, so it’s hard to give her the benefit of the doubt.
Both the headliners made weight without issue, as did Ted Cheeseman and Troy Williamson ahead of their British title fight