One of the breakout stars of a turbulent 2020, Rachel Ball’s first outing of the new year sees her in a much-anticipated rematch against Shannon Courtenay on the 10th of April. 

The 29-year-old enters the fight as the interim WBC Super-Bantamweight champion, following her impressive win against Jorgelina Guanini, a fight that Ball emphasised was perfect preparation for her rematch against Courtenay. 

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Speaking to BBTV, Ball underlined just how motivated she is for April’s clash and that she ‘anticipates it being tougher than the last bout because in the eight or nine months since their first bout both have gained more experience’.

Nonetheless, she added: “I imagine she will be better and I expect myself to be better as well, she is going to be more experienced but so will I. The skillset will rise as well and I hope that is the case so we can give the fans the fight they deserve to watch. 

“For me, I didn’t see much of an improvement in her last fight – I thought it was exactly the same Shannon, maybe there is more to come of her, maybe it was a confidence thing in the last one and maybe we will see better things from her, but I just thought it was the same Shannon.”

Reflecting on what has been a crazy rise, Ball stated: “It has been a crazy 12 months and I don’t think anyone could have predicted where my life has changed in terms of boxing and I am just enjoying the ride and am grateful for the opportunity. I just want to get in there and fight and do my thing.” 

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