Women's Sport: Leah McCourt swaps gym for Grandad's Garage for Janay Harding fight

The fight is scheduled for May 16 at Bellator London

Bellator fighter Leah McCourt has swapped the gym for her Grandad's garage ahead of her featherweight fight against Janay Harding at the SSE Arena, Wembley.

The Northern Irish fighter has a 3-0 record with the promotion and is continuing to train for the bout on May 16 at Bellator London, despite the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. McCourt was the first female to headline a Bellator Europe event last month when she beat Germany's Judith Ruiz in Dublin - extending her professional record to 4-1.

Her upcoming opponent, New Zealand-born Harding, has a record of 5-4 and is two years younger than Leah. The virus has already reeked havok on several big sporting events around the world, even delaying rival promotion UFC's event schedule.

The 27-year-old, single mother told Sky Sports News:

"I'm back into Rocky training. Obviously, the gyms are closed but I have a boxing bag in my grandad's garage and I'm out doing sprints. I'm using the treadmill in my kitchen, I'm used to training in difficult circumstances being a single mum.  

"Until I hear any different I'm training for that and looking forward to that event."

However, UFC President Dana White has said eagerly anticipated fights between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will still happen on April 18, but this may not occur in the United States.

McCourt and Harding's bout will be on the main card of the event, with James Gallagher v Sunderland's Cal Ellenor headlining. Retired professional rugby player, James Haskell is also set to make his MMA debut - but his opponent is yet to be announced.

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