This previous Saturday night time, Shannon Courtenay was topped as the brand new WBA bantamweight champion after defeating unbeaten Ebanie Bridges on factors following a punishing battle on the Copper Field Area in London.
Courtenay was embroiled in a bitter confrontation with Bridges forward of their world title struggle, however Britain’s bantamweight had the ultimate phrase, securing a unanimous choice with scores of 97-94, 98-92 and 98-92.
Courtenay was overwhelmed with emotion when her victory was introduced.
“I’ve genuinely turned my life round,” Courtenay mentioned.
“I boxed nicer, I’ve cuter photographs, I landed the jab each time. She simply tried to knock me out. My jab received me the struggle. Her eye reveals that. I would like Rachel Ball subsequent!”
Courtenay’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, mentioned: “I’d like to see the Rachel Ball rematch. Shannon desires to place that proper.”
Ready within the wings is the WBA’s primary contender, “Shotgun” Shannon O’Connell, who has been outspoken about getting her personal alternative on the newly topped champion.
She lately opened up on the topic, detailing her ideas on the struggle and the brand new champion.
“It was a greater struggle than I anticipated to see however I nonetheless assume that’s as a result of each ladies are on that very same stage as one another. I’m at a unique stage so it’ll be a step up for Courtenay and I believe she is going to nonetheless make it struggle however I’ll positively be an excessive amount of for her,” O’Connell mentioned.
“If she (Courtenay) desires to name herself the WBA world champ she ought to actually struggle the highest of the desk and that’s me.”