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Former WBA bantamweight world champion Shannon Courtenay has confirmed she will be trained by Liverpool trainer Joe McNally moving forward.

The 30 year old was previously trained by Charlie Beatt out of manager Adam Booth‘s gym in Surrey.

“Excited to announce I’ve teamed up with Joe McNally & Dec O’Rourke in the renowned Rotunda gym in Liverpool”, Courtenay wrote in a social media post.

“As soon as I started hitting the pads with Joe we clicked & I instantly remembered why I love boxing again! All the lads in the gym have made me feel at home & treated me as one of their own & now I’ve got that fire back in my belly.

“I know with Joe, Dec & John in my corner they’ll bring out the best in me & we’ll be winning world titles again in no time.

“I’d like to thank everyone at the BoxingBooth stable & gym for some great memories & achievements together!”

O’Rourke (left) and McNally (right) are heading up one of the fastest growing stables in the UK. Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

Courtenay became WBA bantamweight champion with a unanimous decision victory over Ebanie Bridges in April 2021.

The former ABA finalist lost her belt in her following fight six months later however as she suffered a majority decision defeat to America’s Jamie Mitchell in Liverpool.

A 14-month absence was brought to an end with a closely-fought eight round points win in December last year as Courtenay looks to return to the world scene.

She adds her name to a growing stable fighting out of the Kirkdale gym after Irish lightweight also confirmed he’d made the move to the historic gym earlier this week.

Former world champions Liam Smith and Josh Taylor also train under McNally, as well as Caoimhin Agyarko, JJ Metcalf and Frankie Stringer.

Courtenay (left) defeated Bridges to claim the WBA bantamweight crown in April 2021. Photo by Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.

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