Inspired by Taylor, Courtenay Looking To Carve Her Own Path
Women’s boxing continues to grow to levels unseen before. There are a variety of talented fighters who have helped transcend the sport. With only five fights to her name, Shannon Courtenay has already proven she is a hot commodity ready to take over.
One fighter who she thanks for this journey is Katie Taylor. The WBA, IBF, WBC, WBO and The Ring Lightweight Champion, Taylor has been known to bring in new fans and fighters. Terri Harper is one of them. Courtenay (5-0) spoke to Sky Sports about how she was first introduced to Taylor.
“In the Olympics [in 2012] I wasn’t into boxing, back then. I was working in the bar,” Courtenay stated, via NewsChain. “Anthony Joshua is from the same area as me and everybody wanted to watch AJ but I saw Katie. I thought ‘bloody hell, this girl is good’. I still didn’t box for a couple more years, but that was the first time I saw her.”
“The Baby Face Assassin” has since turned pro in 2019, competing in all of her fights that year. Signing with Matchroom Boxing, her last bout was a TKO-win against Buchra El Quaissi back in December. Seeing how young talent like her, Harper and Ellie Scotney are within the same brand as Taylor, one has to think big things will be coming all of their way soon.
Despite following Taylor since being interested in the sport, and the respect she has for Katie, Courtenay doesn’t want Taylor’s name to interrupt her story.
“I don’t compare or aim to be like anyone because I’ve got my own chapter and journey,” Courtenay went on to say. “But she is an inspiration. If it wasn’t for Katie then I wouldn’t be here because she has paved the way. Because of her, I’m on a massive platform because women’s boxing is taken more seriously.
“But I’m on my own journey. She has an Olympic background, I don’t have an Olympic background so I’m doing things the hard way. I didn’t come to the table with a gold medal around my neck or with 100 amateur fights. I’m doing things my own way.”
Courtenay will be making her 2020 debut on April 14 from inside the Doncaster Dome. The main event on that card will be Terri Harper defending her WBC Super-Featherweight Title against Natasha Jonas.