Shannon Courtenay will be aiming to stop Jamie Mitchell from winning the vacant WBA bantamweight title this weekend after missing weight by 2.5lbs over the 118lbs limit.
The 28-year-old has blamed the weight gain on an unexpected menstrual cycle, and will now be aiming to stop her opponent from picking up her former belt before fighting for it once again in her next bout.
Eddie Hearn revealed that Courtenay was not going to be able to drop the weight necessary in a two hour period after the weigh-in, admitting that she had given herself an even bigger challenge in the ring.
The rules state that although the fight can go ahead, Courtenay will not be keeping hold of the title after the weekend whatever happens in her meeting with Mitchell.
Hearn told BNTV: "She won't make weight. She'll talk about it later and make her own statement but it's been a long camp for her, she's trained hard. Unfortunately she couldn't make the weight.
"She's now got an even bigger challenge tomorrow night because she's lost her belt.
"So she has to try and win the fight, then fight for the vacant belt and Jamie Mitchell still gets a shot at the belt and she's believed from the start that she's going to win.
"It's a very very tough fight and emotionally, she's got to come to terms with that very quickly."
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Courtenay had been due to defend the WBA strap for the first time on the DAZN card on Saturday evening, having beaten Ebanie Bridges on points to pick up the vacant belt earlier this year.
Courtenay wrote on Instagram: "Thank you to everyone that’s been messaging to check on me & send me love. We had no weight issues during camp & all week I’ve been in a really good place & ready.
"We was on weight & ready to go yesterday & then last night unexpectedly my menstrual cycle started which for obvious reasons makes woman gain weight.
"To say I’m devastated is understatement because this has never happened before I’m always professional but this was physically out of my control.
"It’s happened & I can’t change it but what I can do is go out there tomorrow night get the win & get my belt back straight after & that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
"I'm switching off now I have a fight to get ready for."
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