Shannon Courtenay set to be stripped of WBA title after missing weight for Mitchell fight

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Shannon Courtenay will fight Jamie Mitchell, despite not being able to lose weight.

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Shannon Courtenay will lose her WBA bantamweight title after she lost the weight to defend her title against Jamie Mitchell.

Briton, 28, weighed 2.5 pounds more than the 118 lb (8st 6lb limit) on Friday afternoon in Liverpool. However, the fight will still take place.

She posted the following Instagram message: "We were on weight and ready for yesterday."

"Then, last night, my menstrual cycle began unexpectedly. This causes women to gain weight."

"We didn't have any weight problems during camp, and I felt really well and prepared all week.

"To say that I am devastated is an understatement, because this has never happened before. I'm always professional but this was physically beyond my control.

"It's already happened, and I can't make it right. But what I can do is to go out tomorrow night and win the victory and get my belt back immediately after. And that's exactly how I plan to do it.

"Thank you to all who have emailed me to let me know they love me.

"I'm switching off now, I have a fight for my life."

Courtenay won the world title with her last fight in April, when she defeated Ebanie Bridges in points.

Courtenay is not the only one who has lost weight. However, the Briton has made substantial changes to her training and camp program in the last few months.

Eddie Hearn, Matchroom boss, expressed hope that Mitchell would be allowed to fight for WBA's vacant title.

The weigh-in for main event was also a drama between local rivals Anthony Fowler, and Liam Smith.

Fowler's team was unhappy about Smith's weight when he was on the scales. The Liverpudlian was forced into a strip and to weigh in behind a towel.

Smith weighed in at the 154-pound limit after a verbal scuffle on stage, which included Fowler's coach Shane McGuigan as well as Smith's teammates.

Fowler and Smith exchanged words during the final face-off, but the main event proceeds as planned.