“I was a heavy smoker, drinker and party animal.”
For many, quitting those addictions and vices can take time.
But for British boxer Shannon Courtenay, her whole approach to life changed from the moment she stepped foot in London’s Finchley Amateur Boxing Club five years ago.
The 26-year-old from Watford is now unbeaten in five professional bouts, has featured on the undercard of York Hall and O2 Arena fight nights and trains alongside world-class boxers at Adam Booth’s gym.
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.
“But I found boxing – and boxing found me – at the perfect time,”