A war of words has erupted ahead of Australian boxer Ebanie Bridges’ planet title combat in London this Sunday following her opponent Shannon Courtenay accused her of disrespecting the sport.
Bridges, a previous ring girl, is undefeated in 5 fights and will obstacle Courtenay for the WBA planet female bantamweight title on the undercard of Conor Benn’s combat versus Samuel Vargas.
But the 34-calendar year-outdated has created just as lots of headlines for her racy Instagram posts and skimpy weigh-in outfits as she has for her combating — and it doesn’t sit effectively with Courtenay.
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“I’m a fighter, not a lingerie model,” Courtenay stated, in a online video unveiled by promoter Matchroom Boxing.
“This is a planet title combat. Have some regard for the recreation. You’ve obtained folks like (light-weight planet winner) Katie Taylor who has labored her arse off for several years to allow for gals like me to be in this placement — by difficult operate and commitment she’s managed to get women’s boxing in which it is — and you want to disrespect it and degrade the sport by chatting about your weigh-in outfit and lingerie? Have some regard and some decorum for boxing.”
Bridges: I’m bringing eyes to the sport
Bridges, who has two levels and is effective as a school maths instructor, insists she’s all about female empowerment.
“Let’s be actual. If I wore what anyone else wore, folks wouldn’t be intrigued. I’d just be another combat. Whatsoever,” the Blonde Bomber explained to Sky Athletics.
“I’m striving to convey a lot more eyes to the sport. You can criticise me as substantially as you like. But if I looked basic then you wouldn’t even know this combat was going on.
“People will tune in to see if this girl sporting lingerie can basically combat, or is she just a model? The matter is me and Shannon can definitely combat.”
Bridges, who used to be a bodybuilder, thinks there’s an ingredient of jealousy concerned also.
“If folks experienced my overall body and my self-confidence then they would do it, but folks are also afraid of remaining judged,” she stated.
“As a bodybuilder I stood on phase in a bikini flexing my overall body. I love it. I do not treatment what folks think.
“Doing weigh-ins is displaying off my difficult operate. It is anything I appreciate. I make it a matter in which my fans can interact with me. This is an entertainment enterprise.
“This is anything various that other individuals are not performing. Why do I need to be the same as anyone else?
“Everyone wears underwear at weigh-ins. Do you want me to don a paper bag?”
Brutal reaction to Courtenay’s criticism
Immediately after looking at eyesight of Courtenay accusing her of disrespecting the sport, Bridges went following her on Twitter.
She posted a series of photos of the 27-calendar year-outdated posing in lower minimize or limited outfits and questioned what the variation was.
“Maybe not lingerie but I wonder what pretty search she was likely for in these posts??” Bridges wrote. “And 70% of her pouty posts lower minimize tops on insta with lame captions pretending she ain’t striving to be very hot lol quit remaining a hypocrite.”