Shannon Courtenay will face Ebanie Bridges for the vacant WBA Bantamweight World Title at a venue to be confirmed on Saturday April 10, stay on Sky Sports activities within the UK and on DAZN within the U.S. and greater than 200 nations and territories.
Courtenay (6-1, 3 KOs), who stopped Dorota Norek in seven rounds on the Saunders vs. Murray undercard final trip in December, was initially slated to rematch Rachel Ball for the WBA crown, however her Combat Camp nemesis continues to be recovering from the consequences of COVID-19.
Australia’s Bridges (5-0, 2 KOs) celebrated her return to the ring after greater than a 12 months out with a convincing factors win over Carol Earl in Sydney. ‘The Blonde Bomber’ gained the judges’ favour and secured a unanimous determination victory in Bankstown to increase her unbeaten run to 5 fights, together with two knockouts.
“I used to be gutted to listen to Rachel had pulled out however security comes first so I want her a speedy restoration and look ahead to after we do have that rematch down the road,” mentioned Courtenay.
“All that’s modified is the opponent, the end result continues to be the identical and on April 10 I will probably be topped World Champion.
“We‘ll placed on an incredible, continuous motion battle for the followers however I’m extra decided and centered than ever and that World Title is staying within the UK.”
“I’m very excited to be the primary feminine from Australia preventing on a Matchroom card,” mentioned Bridges. “When Eddie contacted me, it was actually surprising however I’m not going to say no to this opportunity.
“I used to be gutted for Rachel as she’s a pal and I want her nicely in restoration however alternative knocks. It is a battle that followers have spoke about for some time now since I moved onto the British scene. I respect Shannon as a boxer, I feel we’ll placed on an incredible present however I’ll be the one leaving with the gold.
“It is a large platform to showcase my expertise and who I’m, ‘The Blonde Bomber’, to the world. I’ll carry the battle to Shannon – I’m coming to win that World Title, buckle up!”
BRIDGES – I’LL BE A HERO IN THE UK WHEN I BEAT COURTENAY
Ebanie Bridges says she is going to go down as a ‘people hero’ within the UK if she beats Watford’s Shannon Courtenay after they conflict for the vacant WBA Bantamweight World Title on Saturday April 10, stay on Sky Sports activities within the UK and on DAZN within the U.S. and greater than 200 nations and territories.
Bridges celebrated her return to the ring after greater than a 12 months out with a convincing factors win over Carol Earl in Sydney earlier this month. The maths trainer from New South Wales gained the judges’ favour and secured a unanimous determination victory to increase her unbeaten run to 5 fights, together with two knockouts.
‘The Blonde Bomber’ meets ‘The Child Face Murderer’ on the undercard of Conor Benn vs. Samuel Vargas, and in doing so turns into the primary Australian feminine fighter to function on a Matchroom present, and the 34-year-old is promising to mark the event by touchdown her first World Title.
“I’m undoubtedly being underestimated however that’s nice,” mentioned Bridges. “I’m all about shock worth. All the things that I do makes headlines, that’s simply me. I’m naturally like that, it simply occurs. Once I get in there and throw the primary punch of the battle, individuals are going to take a seat there and so they’re going to be shocked as a result of they do not know what I’m able to. I’m not only a Barbie Boxercise fighter.
“I really feel like if I beat Shannon Courtenay I’ll go down as a f***ing people hero within the UK as a result of everyone seems to be DM’ing me asking me to knock her out. They’re all like, ‘hey I’m British and I simply need you to close her up and knock her out as a result of she’s so smug’. It’s loopy what number of messages I get. I really feel like there’s a lot stress on me to f**okay her up. No person appears to love her over there. If I win, I’m going to be a hero.
“I’m not getting forward of myself although as a result of I do know Shannon is a good boxer. She’s not going to be straightforward. I’m not getting into there considering that is going to be a walkover. I don’t assume that about anybody. Shedding isn’t an choice, I’ll discover a means. Is she going to be deal with what I’m brining? We’re each expert, each of us have kinds which can be pleasing to the attention.
“If she doesn’t find yourself getting knocked out, then by the tip of the battle her face goes to finish up trying like a smashed crab on a rock. It’s going to be tousled. She gained’t be trying the identical when that is completed. She’s in for a shock if she thinks I’m solely anxious about trying good on the scales. Once I win that belt, the world is my oyster. It’s going to open up alternatives in every single place.”
Courtenay vs. Bridges is a part of a giant night time of motion on April 10, rising Welterweight star Conor Benn (17-0, 11 KOs) defends his WBA Continental Title in opposition to Samuel Vargas (31-6-2, 14 KOs) in the primary occasion, Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall (9-0, 7 KOs) makes the primary defence of her WBO Middleweight World Title in opposition to European Champion Femke Hermans (11-3, 4 KOs), Glasgow Bantamweight Kash Farooq (14-1, 6 KOs) returns after his masterclass win over Angel Aviles and Takeley Tremendous-Middleweight John ‘The Gentleman’ Hedges (1-0) seems to be to construct on his professional debut win final October.