EBANIE BRIDGES won the brutal bantamweight battle of Down Under-wear.
Australia’s 36-year-old IBF champ defended her title against compatriot Shannon O’Connell and gave her challenger a real beating for her pre-fight verbals.
Ebanie Bridges bludgeoned Shannon O’Connell with some ferocious shots
Bridges retained her world title with an impressive win
O’Connell, 39, labelled Bridges a “skanky stripper” over the racy barely-there lingerie she wears to weigh in, her new OnlyFans account and the fact she sells sweaty kit to kinky fans online.
But the Sydney star got her revenge but dropping her foe and smashing painful welts into her cheekbones until the savaging was stopped in round eight.
“Not bad for a skanky stripper,” Bridges joked.
“Credit to her she was tough and took a lot of shots.
“I was not that badly hurt early on so I came back and got the win and am really satisfied.
“I hope Australia is really proud and knows who the real queen of Australian boxing is now.
“It was the hardest fight of my career but also my best.”
Bridges was buzzed in the opener when a right hand caused her back leg to stiffen.
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But the two-minute rounds meant O’Connell did not have the time to build on the shot.
The pair went at it hammer and tongs in the second, with O’Connell landing the better shots.
But with 20 seconds left Bridges thudded a hook into her opponent’s temple and stunned her.
The third had barely got started before O’Connell was on the canvas for a count of eight
Bridges teed her up with a jab and then rammed a right hand into her face and O’Connell down onto the seat of her pink shorts.
O’Connell was down again in the fourth but it was ruled a push as she struggled to keep up with Bridges’ pace.
Both brave women shunned their defensive duties in the fifth and threw haymakers around the ring.
Another stiff one-two from Bridges knocked the gumshield out of O’Connell’s mouth but she managed to catch it and stuff it back in, before clipping her way back into the round with a left hook.
Veteran O’Connell took a real beating in the seventh with both cheeks swelling and turning bright purple under the Leeds arena lights.
Concerned referee Howard Foster looked close to jumping in when Bridges poured on the pressure in the challenger’s red corner.
Round eight was more of the same, O’Connell was never off shaky legs and her chin was a magnet for right hands.
Finally O’Connor had seen enough and he dived in with O’Connell pinned on the ropes and taking an undignified pasting.
Bridges retained her world title in some style
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the 7 punches to boxing?
The seven punches in boxing are jab, cross, hook, uppercut, straight right, left hook, and body shot. These punches are used to attack the opponent’s head, body, and legs.
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For punching with the fist, mittens can be used. Fingerless mitt glove are for striking the index finger with the knuckle. Boxing gloves for full-finger punching can be obtained with full-fingered hands.
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How to box for training
How to Learn to Box For Exercise
The goal of learning boxing is to improve your physical fitness level and develop self confidence. Boxing is one the most loved sports in the world. It requires speed, agility and strength.
Boxing is a great way of getting fit and feeling good about yourself. You’ll love the activity and want to continue it.
There are many types of boxing training programs. Some programs are offered at local gyms and others at your home. You can also study online from any location in the world.
Make sure you choose a program that meets your needs and is compatible with your lifestyle. The best programs focus on exercises that increase muscle mass, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. They also promote overall well being.
It’s important to decide whether you prefer a beginner-level course or one that is more advanced. Beginner’s programs usually teach basic techniques and drills such as shadowboxing, sparring, mitt work, and punching combinations. Advanced programs offer more variety and more complex movements.
The beginner’s program usually lasts around 8 weeks and costs less than $100. They don’t offer any advice on nutrition, weight loss or injury prevention.
Advanced programs generally last around six months and cost approximately $300. They may include nutritional advice, stretching, warm-up exercises and instruction on proper technique. Some programs also include resistance training (e.g. lifting weights) or aerobic conditioning (e.g. running).