Courtney started boxing at the age of 15 when he was introduced to the sport by his father, who recognised the need to channel Courtney’s excess energy into something positive to avoid him getting into trouble. He quickly grew to love the sport and won his first title after only five bouts. Courtney’s career as an amateur boxer rapidly took off and he was Great British number one for seven years. Boxing has taken him around the world and he has competed at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and the Olympic Games, reaching a top world ranking of number three.
Courtney was one of two boxers to qualify for the Sydney Olympics but he was plagued with injuries and personal problems which led to a disappointing performance. Still ranked number one in Great Britain, Courtney continued to box but had lost some motivation and desire. He later signed on to the professional ranks, where he continued to achieve sporting triumphs. Courtney hung up his boxing gloves in 2011, but he has since come out of retirement and got back into title contention. In 2014, he had the opportunity and boxed Roy Jones Jnr., who many people considered as the best pund-for-pound fighter in the world at the time. Courtney has worked with young people for a number of years and has gained his Level 3 in Sports Mentoring.
- Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist & European Silver Medallist
- British Masters Winner.