Shannon Courtenay's first defence of her WBA bantamweight world title will take place on August 14 against Jamie Mitchell.

The Watford boxer claimed the vacant title with a unanimous decision win over Ebanie Bridges back in April at the Copper Box.

Courtenay was originally pencilled in for a rematch against Rachel Ball, the only opponent to have got the better of Courtenay in her professional career, with a contentious points decision in August last year.

However, Ball had to pull out of a reunion bout for the second time, after she also had to withdraw from the title fight earlier this year, having been heavily affected by Covid-19.

Ball is still struggling to return to full fitness as a result of the virus, but Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has found a new opponent for Courtenay in the shape of Mitchell, an undefeated American fighter who, like Courtenay, has eight professional fights under her belt.


Mitchell's record stands at six wins, no defeats and two draws, with four of her six victories coming back way of knockout.

The fight will take place as part of Matchroom's Fight Camp series, with fights taking place in the garden of the promotion company's headquarters.