Ebanie Bridges is greater than a blonde bombshell, which she plans to show in opposition to Shannon Courtenay – The Ring


It’s straightforward to take a look at Ebanie Bridges and forged conclusions. The 5-foot Australian bantamweight fireball goes by the moniker “The Blonde Bomber,” and it’s straightforward to see why.

The 34-year-old math instructor attracts a whole lot of consideration. She’s sassy, carries a brazen mouth and is keen to brawl with anybody—male or feminine—in any bar from London, England, to New South Wales, Australia.

She’s accomplished it.

However Bridges (5-0, 2 knockouts) may also audaciously inform you, “Hey for individuals who decide me on first sight, open your thoughts just a little bit and perhaps you’ll be able to see that this lady is fairly f—g actual, despite the fact that she has faux t-ts. If I can try this, meaning I’m altering folks’s perceptions.

“There are these people who find themselves f—g cussed. It doesn’t matter what, they’ll hate and troll, they usually’ll by no means change their minds. They don’t need to see the true me. They need to sit there and decide. They’ve their very own points, clearly. I’m not nervous about them.”

In accordance with Bridges, she’s not that nervous about Britain’s Shannon Courtenay (6-1, 3 KOs) both, when the 2 combat for the vacant WBA bantamweight world title on Saturday April 10, which might be proven reside on Sky Sports activities within the UK and on DAZN within the U.S. to greater than 200 international locations and territories.

Bridges and “The Child Face Murderer” might be on the Conor Benn-Samuel Vargas undercard from the Copper Field Area, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London.

Discuss to Bridges lengthy sufficient and also you do come to the conclusion that she could be very real, regardless of what she references.

She’s additionally extremely highly effective. She’s a former bodybuilder who squats 290 kilos for 10 reps, can deadlift 300 kilos for 10 reps and leg presses 900 kilos. It’s why she’s not afraid to burst out and flex in lingerie when she weighs in.

“I really feel like I’m going to England and combating in my dwelling nation and consider me, to be sincere, and I do know that actually pisses off Courtenay,”

Bridges not solely feels that she’s far stronger than Courtenay, she additionally feels that the British fanbase might be loudly in her nook.

“I really feel like I’m going to England and combating in my dwelling nation and consider me, to be sincere, and I do know that actually pisses off Courtenay,” Bridges mentioned, laughing. “I prepare with George Kambosos (who handily beat Lee Selby in England final October for a shot at light-weight world champion Teofimo Lopez Jr.). It’s very totally different for me than George in England. George gained that combat. There was little question about that.

“However George isn’t a fan favourite within the UK. I’m. I’ve virtually been adopted by the UK. They have a look at me as one among theirs. They are going to be rooting for me method above (Courtenay). They’re going to be rooting for me like I’m the fan’s champ. That’s the vibe that I get. I can’t wait to combat in entrance of my British followers. I’m comfy there, however I’m comfy in every single place I’m going.”

That comes from an interior energy that was construct when she was in her early life.

Ebanie Bridges is out to show that she’s greater than only a fairly face this Saturday in opposition to Shannon Courtenay (Photograph courtesy of Ebanie Bridges)

Bridges was in fight sports activities since she was 5. As she grew older, she transitioned to bodybuilding, whereas attaining a graduate diploma in training.

The youngest of twins by six minutes, she is the one lady in her household, and she or he additionally has an older brother. Her mother and father positioned her and her two brothers in karate when she was 5 and she or he’s the one one which stayed with it. As a result of girls weren’t allowed to combat in Australia, she took up bodybuilding as she grew older.

She admits she was a “tomboy” in her teenagers; not afraid to do something—even keen to get her palms greasy engaged on automobiles. She performed a excessive degree of soccer as an adolescent, although there was that lingering compulsion to hit somebody, she says laughing.

“I used to be at all times just a little bit aggressive, however I wouldn’t do something till somebody began hassle with me,” Bridges mentioned. “Me and twin brother would at all times speak s—t with each other. I fought in my teenagers and I didn’t begin something. Folks would at all times begin up with me.

“I used to be combating in my early 20s in bars and stuff, with girls and males. I grew up in a tough space and I used to be this blonde that stood out. I used to get picked on and I might retaliate. I wouldn’t exit searching for hassle.”

Bridges boldly embraces her appears to be like. She is aware of it’s a double-edged sword.

Due to that, many are drawn to her. Due to her appears to be like, she’s additionally disliked.

“Oh, she’s simply t-ts! I’m extra than simply nice f—g t-ts!”

It’s why she’s been doubted as as to if or not she will be able to actually combat. What goes unseen beneath the wonder lies a uncooked grittiness. Bridges is a contradiction: She’s a fantastic bad-ass girl who can kick ass.

Don’t let the appears to be like idiot you, Ebanie Bridges packs energy (Photograph courtesy of Ebanie Bridges)

“Yeah, I get that I’m ‘too fairly to combat,’ it’s been that method my entire life,” Bridges mentioned. “It’s a battle. I didn’t get any breaks. I at all times appreciated doing the other of everybody else. In early adolescence, I at all times seemed to do what the boys did. Folks made assumptions about my sexuality due to that, which weren’t true as a result of I wasn’t into doing what ‘women did.’

“It’s not purposely accomplished, nevertheless it’s why I really feel that I’m breaking stereotypes right here, as a result of I look very female and I occur to be into boy’s stuff. That’s necessary to me. I don’t fake to be anybody that I’m not.

“I additionally get that I have to not be sensible, based mostly on my appears to be like. I perceive that it’s human nature, however you already know it’s 2021, get your head out of your ass. There’s that judging that places off the youthful era. F—okay what folks say.

“I occur to look the way in which I look on the skin. Inside, I’m in all probability the exact opposite. I’m a instructor and I inform my college students it doesn’t matter what society thinks what you ought to be doing. If you wish to do it, you simply f—g do it. I need to keep sturdy with it. I gained’t conceal the truth that I’m lovely. What the f—okay!

“Why ought to I play it down? Why ought to anybody play it down? Why can’t I weigh in in lingerie and I do all of those attractive issues when it’s sports activities? Why can’t I? Why can’t I be female and be a magnificence and a beast? Why? That’s the message I push.

“Oh, she’s simply t-ts! I’m extra than simply nice f—g t-ts!”

Bridges is seeking to unleash this fireplace in opposition to Courtenay.

“I envision going over there and surprising the world,” Bridges mentioned. “I’m going to go over there and going to flex in my lingerie. I’m going to be who I’m. Courtenay offers me s—, as a result of I weigh in in lingerie. She says that if I’m going to get bare, I ought to get bare someplace else, as a result of boxing is a severe sport.

“She’s the exact opposite of me personality-wise. She’s boxer, who does work laborious. She’s form of fairly. However I’ve fixed in-boxes from British followers saying please shut this lady up. F—okay it! I labored 10 years for this physique and I can hit like a middleweight. I’ll present the world you could appear like a ‘barbie’ and bang.”

Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter who has been working for Ring Journal/RingTV.com since October 1997 and is the president of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America. He could be adopted on twitter @JSantoliquito.


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