I love to train hard and eat big. I incorporate a lot of isolated movements and focus on the contraction and not the weight. At that point, she had a very attractive hourglass body shape. I make sure I am always hitting every angle of the muscle. Courtenay was scheduled to fight in Doncaster on 24 April, a bout which was postponed because of the ban on sporting events in the United Kingdom. or go "beast mode". I started getting an interest for competing in 2010 while working as a personal trainer at a Gold's Gym. I finally made the switch and did my first bodybuilding show 5 weeks after The Governors Cup and won the overall. She decided for breast implants. Everyone tried convincing me to switch to bodybuilding but I didn't want to listen. “I tell my sister that these women aren’t perfect. Three years after her first fight, she signed a professional contract with Matchroom Boxing. I was too lean and held too much muscle, I looked like a lightweight bodybuilder. Last updated on 2 May 20202 May 2020.From the section Boxing, “I was a heavy smoker, drinker and party animal.”. Do you feel you were extra focused on maintaining a balanced look and set up your training in a way to keep that balance or did that have more to do with a genetic disposition for great muscularity everywhere? She headed down to Finchley ABC for one purpose. For many, quitting those addictions and vices can take time. I will be racing July 18, 2015, in San Francisco at the Spartan Sprint for my second race. I think about what improvements I need for each muscle group and how I am going to go about targeting the muscle group better. “I knew my face would fit the pro game,” she says. The female bodybuilders were not appealing to me, but because of my genetics and the way I loved to train, that's where my physique fit. “The next day I woke up at five o’clock in the morning and went running.

Now, about my legs- although I do have some pretty intense leg workouts, I have always had big quads.

I was told to down size or move into the bodybuilding division where I would finally get a placing I deserved.

News Phil Heath Officially Started His Olympia Prep. After winning I started my goal of getting my pro card at the USA's that same year. They’re photoshopped. “But it’s difficult for a woman. “I just wanted to lose weight,” she explains.

Because of the intense running I was doing on an injured Achilles, I was forced to rest a track season. [8][9] In June, she stopped Valerija Sepetovska by technical knockout (TKO) at 1 minute 16 seconds in the second-round of a scheduled six-round bout held at the York Hall. Tweed weighs 128 pounds and wears 36C bra size. “My body is still fresh, I don't have that much wear and tear like others may have. “But I found boxing - and boxing found me - at the perfect time,” she tells BBC Sport. The amount of L- Carnitine it has is amazing. From documenting her fitness regime during the coronavirus lockdown, to a hilarious video edit of retired former world champion Tony Bellew's parenting struggles,external-link her activeness on social media and willingness to interact with fans has helped build a loyal following. Courtenay does hope to use her online presence to inspire young girls, starting first with her younger sister, although says she was not too comfortable with the ‘role model’ tag at first.

SC- My goals this year is to see how far I can improve in the Spartan Racing world. “When I first turned pro, everything suddenly changed. Courtenay raced to 5-0 with two big KO’s and her fast hands accompanied by her punch power will be sure to see her in some exciting fights moving forward. SC- I have stepped away from the stage for now since female bodybuilding is no longer part of the IFBB and is a dead division. Shannon Courtenay (born 3 July 1993) is a British professional boxer.

Her journey into boxing is far from typical; she is a latecomer to the sport, did not navigate through the youth ranks or Great Britain’s amateur set-up, nor is she living out a lifelong dream. In a fight which saw Courtenay dropped to the canvas by a left hook in the first round, she went on to suffer her first professional defeat, losing by PTS over eight rounds with the referee scoring the bout 77–75. SC- COMPETE! At that time I was a competing in cross country and track for a local college. The female bodybuilders were not appealing to me, but because of my genetics and the way I loved to train, that's where my physique fit. [13], "Female boxing star Shannon Courtenay reveals vile messages of male trolls before blockbuster 02 fight", "Shannon Courtenay Back, October 26 In London", "Edwards vs Moreno: Kristen Fraser welcomes future fight with Shannon Courtenay", "Edwards vs Moreno: Shannon Courtenay impresses on pro debut", "Nikita Ababiy, Shannon Courtenay win on Allen-Browne prelims", "ALLEN VS. BROWNE WEIGHTS AND RUNNING ORDER", "Allen-Browne: Live coverage, 1:20 pm ET", "JD NXTGEN: Shannon Courtenay extends unbeaten record in London", "Wins for Lee Selby, Lawrence Okolie and Conor Benn at the O2 Arena", "NXTGEN: Shannon Courtenay claims an explosive finish to debut year", "Shannon Courtenay beaten by Rachel Ball for first defeat at Fight Camp", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Shannon_Courtenay&oldid=973568461, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 August 2020, at 23:43. [6], One month later she defeated Roz Mari Silyanova via four-round points decision on 23 April. Some people on social media can be nasty.”. I started prepping for the new category for The Governors Cup 2012.

My physique was at its best it had ever been, but they had placed me 11th out of 13 because I was still 'too big'.

I walked out of the gym and threw my cigs into a big blue bin next to the door.”. I think about what improvements I need for each muscle group and how I am going to go about targeting the muscle group better. I am not 'downsizing' although the type of running I am doing now may alter my size some but that is not my focus. iFN- It is our understanding that your focus has shifted into a new competitive arena these days. [10] Her next fight was a four-round PTS win over Jasmina Nad on 26 October as part of the undercard for the Josh Taylor vs. Regis Prograis world title fight, held at The O2 Arena. Can you explain what brought you to this new venture? For me, I would have to take about two years out of the sport. My boyfriend at the time was prepping for a show and since I had extra time, why not do it with him? As an amateur she won gold at the Haringey Box Cup in 2015.

her activeness on social media and willingness to interact with fans has helped build a loyal following. So, basically I placed last. “I’d laugh at the thought of it,” she says. When the new division women's physique came out, I thought it would be the perfect division for me. The former tearaway was overweight and unhappy when she … Shannon Courtenay: 'I was the only girl there but it changed my life' Barry Glendenning . So by the time I’m ready to have a family, I’ll probably have to retire.". Shannon Courtenay (born 3 July 1993) is a British professional boxer. iFN- In your experience are most people very respectful to a woman with muscle or do you find some negativity?

I went from being a nobody to people taking pictures in supermarkets and suddenly social media blew up,” she says. In 2015, Courtenay was working in a pub, smoking up to 40 cigarettes a day and, more often than not, her evening meal would be a takeout curry or pizza. Read about our approach to external linking. If there is anything negative what advice would you give to a woman coming up that wants to have more than the average amount of muscle on how to keep a positive outlook and not to lose her love for the sport due to naysayers? 2013 NPC Steve Stone New York Metropolitan, 2013 NPC National Bodybuilding Championships, 2014 NPC Steve Stone New York Metropolitan, 2x NPC Masters Nationals and IFBB Masters Over 60 World Champion. I would also like to thank my other two sponsors PFS Meals for all the awesome meals they provide me and Violate the Dress Code for my killer wardrobe. My boyfriend at the time was prepping for a show and since I had extra time, why not do it with him?

I still love to throw around some heavy weights 3 days a week and instead of focusing on one muscle group I focus on two. [12], Her first fight of 2020 came against Rachel Ball on 14 August at the Matchroom Sport headquarters in Brentwood, Essex.

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