WBA bantamweight champion Nina Hughes has said that former belt-holder Shannon Courtenay has pulled out of their scheduled June 10th clash in London.

Hughes, posting on Instagram, accused Courtenay of ‘losing her bottle’ but says a replacement of opponent has already been lined up.

The post read: “Absolutely devastated to announce @shannon_courtenay has shit herself and pulled out of our world title fight. Complete time waster and unprofessional, obviously well over weight and lost her bottle now it’s getting close!!

“On the plus side a new opponent has been confirmed and will be announced shortly so I will still be defending my world title on 10th June. Same goal different opponent.”

Courtenay won a narrow eight-round decision in December after 14 months out the ring. Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

Hughes was set to defend her title against Courtenay on the undercard of Sunny Edwards‘ flyweight title defence against Andres Campos at Wembley Arena next month.

Courtenay previously held the WBA title before she lost to Jamie Mitchell via majority-decision in October 2020.

The 29-year-old has only fought once since – a narrow eight-round victory in December last year – but it now appears she will not attempt to reclaim her old belt.

Hughes defeated the aforementioned Mitchell via unanimous decision in Dubai in November to claim the title.

The replacement opponent has not yet been confirmed.

Featured image: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

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