BOXER Maisey Rose Courtney thanked Anthony Joshua for keeping her undercard fight alive – so she doesn’t have to go back to work just yet.
Courtney features on AJ’s card on Saturday night at the O2 Arena against Gemma Ruegg.
But that bout and the event itself faced the KO after Dillian Whyte was withdrawn amid a failed drug test.
Thankfully for Courtney & Co, Robert Helenius filled in on seven days notice to make sure the shows does go on.
Courtney, 22, told SunSport: “I thank the lot of them.
“I thank Eddie for doing it, all of Matchroom, DAZN, Anthony Joshua of course and even Helenius for taking the fight.
“I’m just grateful that it’s actually happening.”
Courtney ensures she gets more ring time and another purse to her name but she will have to wait a little longer to snack out.
She said: “I would definitely have ate a little bit more. I haven’t been eating a lot.
“I would have treated myself to maybe a packet of crisps or some chips, then straight back to it.
“I haven’t got time to be wasting weeks and months because a fight has been called off. I want to be fighting.”
Courtney works as a PT and coach at former world champion Darren Barker’s 12×3 Boxing club in London.
And had she been denied the chance to return on the weekend, then the flyweight would have rocked up for her Saturday session as normal.
She said: “I would have had to have gone back to work. I would’ve gone back to PTing people and teaching classes.
“Without that, I don’t have any other way of getting through the month, that’s my pay.”
Courtney’s class are still due to see her this week as they continue to show their support to the prospect prizefighter.
She said: “I’ve got loads of regulars that come actually. They support me massively. They see the hard work that I put in.
“They see me with a black eye, when I’ve been beaten up in sparring.”
Courtney prepares for her fourth professional bout and steps up in class against Ruegg, who beat her last opponent Kate Radomska.
She said: “This is a good step up for me, she’s the one person that beat my last opponent.
“So now I’m ready for that step up, I’m ready to fight someone that’s tougher. I like getting drawn into the fight and Gemma does that.”Maisey Rose Courtney ahead of her fight[/caption]