Ebanie Bridges is proud of what she and opponent Shannon Courtenay did for women’s boxing on Saturday night.
The pair’s brutal bout was a compelling watch and resulted in a nasty eye injury for Bridges.
The Blonde Bomber was left with huge swelling following her first professional defeat in the ring.
After a heated build-up a between the two bantamweight fighters, they did not disappoint in their world title clash.
Aussie Bridges, 34, wanted to make a statement for women’s boxing, and they certainly attracted positive attention on the night.
On her Instagram story on Sunday, Bridges reflected on the events and posted: “I said in the presser, and during Shannon’s and my face-to-face, ‘I want to get more eyes on this fight, that’s my goal, so people can see women fight hard too… cos I know me and Shannon will put on a great fight for the fans.’
“I hope you all tuned in and saw I wasn’t talking s***.”
Despite the horrific eye injury she suffered, Bridges was in high spririts on social media off the back of the tough scrap.
She posted on Instagram: “WOW what a fight!!! I had a blast in there, the scores didn’t go my way, so didn’t get the W but big respect to Shannon Courtenay she gave me a great fight, and we BOTH GAVE THE FANS A FIGHT TO REMEMBER.
“All week I was hyping this fight cos I KNEW we would put on an amazing fight for the fans and for women’s boxing. I hope people have a little bit more respect for us now and maybe women’s boxing has some new fans.
“Thank you @eddiehearn and @matchroomboxing for giving me the opportunity to show the world the Blonde Bomber on your amazing platform. Very grateful for the whole team at matchroom.
“I would love a rematch and I’m sure the fans would also #JustSaying”.
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Bridges revealed she could not see out of her left eye for the final four rounds of the fight, and had zero sight for the last two.
She was graceful in defeat, however, sending a message to Courtenay on Instagram too.
It read: “Beyond the bantz and fight build up I always have huge respect for anyone I share the ring with it’s the hardest sport in the world, and what we put ourselves thru to be great only from one fighter to another can really understand.
“Great fight loved every minute of it.. thanks Shannyyyy”.
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