Ebanie Bridges the comedian is somehow the same person as the impressive fighter that has just been promoted to a world title fight next month.
It was confirmed on Monday morning (AEDT) Bridges, from western Sydney, will fight England’s Shannon Courtenay for the WBA world bantamweight title after her convincing win over Carol Earl in Sydney this weekend.
The fighter known as “The Blonde Bomber” celebrated her return to the ring after more than a year out of action and secured the vacant Australasian Female Super Bantamweight title while also extending her unbeaten run to five fights.
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All of a sudden she is one win away from becoming a world champion after getting the nod to fight Courtenay as a replacement for Rachel Ball was forced to abandon her preparations for the re-match with Courtenay on April 10 as a result of a sickness.
Bridges confirmed on Twitter Monday she will travel for the fight in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. A venue is yet to be confirmed, but the fight will be staged in the UK.
The high profile fight will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK and will be streamed on boxing monster DAZN around the world.
Bridges becomes the first Aussie female fighter to feature in a main event fight organised by high-profile boxing promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom promotion company.
She was overflowing with excitement when the fight was confirmed.
“When Eddie contacted me, it was really unexpected but I’m not going to say no to this chance,” she said, according to Boxing Scene.
“I was gutted for Rachel as she’s a friend and I wish her well in recovery but opportunity knocks. This is a fight that fans have spoken about for a while now since I moved onto the British scene. I respect Shannon as a boxer, I think we’ll put on a great show, but I’ll be the one leaving with the gold.
“This is a huge platform to showcase my skills and who I am, ‘The Blonde Bomber’, to the world.”
Bridges has already attracted a huge following in the UK on the back of her larrikin, blokey sense of humour, on full display on her Twitter and Instagram profiles.
It was also There for her fans with eagle-eyes to see in her win over Earl.
Bridges took to Twitter to giggle at her own gag after barely an eyebrow was raised as she snuck a cheeky message stitched onto her fighting kit.
She had the word “69er” stitched into her pink trunks. The term is a long-running joke between Bridges and her fans, celebrating the juvenile humour that she has always kept her Twitter following to just 69 accounts.
Despite her less-than-serious alter-ego and her notorious side-project of selling socks and pictures of socks to fans online, making around $1000 per-week, there is no denying how serious a fighter she is.
Having also juggled her real life as a mathematics teacher at a school in western Sydney, Bridges’ life would change forever with a victory over Courtenay.
The title fight on its own may have already done that.
Bridges has also donated her time to run special empowerment clinics for at-risk teenagers and girls with anxiety and self-esteem issues.
Through her school, Bridges runs boxing and life coaching seminars to build self-confidence in her pupils.
“I had pretty bad teenage years. And I was able to get through that with the help of my family and now that I’m older I want to give back. I want to be that person that I didn’t have when I was in school,” Bridges told news.com.au in 2020.
Bridges was hoping to crack the lucrative UK boxing market last year but that plan was put on hold when COVID-19 struck. Still, she continued to train, and she now has the dream world title fight she has been chasing for several years.
“It seems like the UK at the moment is a better market for women’s boxing. So that’s where I’ll go just because I think it’s better for women’s boxing and I’ve got a huge fan base over there already,” she said in September.
“If it wasn’t for COVID I would be there already and I would be signed.”
She’s definitely signed now.