Australian boxing world champion Ebanie Bridges has revealed she suffered a nasty hand harm throughout her win over Shannon O’Connell on the weekend.
Bridges efficiently defended her IBF bantamweight world title, securing victory through TKO after the referee stopped the battle within the eighth spherical.
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The conflict between Bridges and O’Connell was billed as the largest battle within the historical past of Australian girls’s boxing, and a confrontation within the lead-up ensured it became a grudge match.
However Bridges dominated outclassed her compatriot, continuously pummelling O’Connell with blows to the physique and head all through the battle.
However she didn’t come away from the win unscathed. The 36-year-old posted a photograph on social media of her proper hand trying extraordinarily swollen.
Bridges revealed a major a part of her coaching camp was carried out with solely her left hand, however she didn’t entertain the concept of pulling out of the battle.
“Booked in for surgical procedure on my hand this Friday,” she wrote.
“Plenty of my camp was carried out with one hand. Plenty of my sparring solely utilizing my left hand. “However there was no means I used to be pulling out of that battle cos I knew I might batter her with 1 hand if wanted & I wished to, however now time to kind this.
“It’s a reasonably intense surgical procedure, they take bone from my hip and fuse my joints collectively. Little bit of a prolonged restoration.. however I’m no stranger to accidents. Lol.”
Bridges’ skilled boxing document is now 9-1 and as soon as she recovers from surgical procedure, she’s going to flip her consideration to a unification battle in 2023.
Potential opponents embrace Dina Thorslund, Nina Hughes and Shannon Courtney, who handed Bridges the one lack of her profession thus far in an epic battle final yr.
Bridges took the crown of the queen of Australian boxing from O’Connell, who was noticed sticking her center finger up because the TKO end result was made official within the ring.
It later emerged that O’Connell’s gesture was directed at Bridges’ buddy and fellow Aussie boxer Skye Nicolson.
It explains why Bridges didn’t put the meat behind her when interviewed within the ring after the battle.
A jubilant Bridges declared in her submit battle speech: “You realize what, not unhealthy for a skanky stripper!”.
The quip was in reference to O’Connell’s repeated sledge within the build-up to the battle.
“She will hit. She will bang,” Bridges stated.
“She got here, she was hungry, she was fierce. However I used to be higher, and that’s why I’m the champion.”
Bridges described the victory as an actual “How do you want them apples” second.
“I’m not often disrespectful to my opponent however she was so disrespectful to me the entire time,” she stated.
“I’m very happy with that win. I hope the world, I hope Australia is pleased with me now. We all know who the queen of Australian boxing is.
“I knew it was going to be the toughest battle of my profession, and it was.
“Staff skanky stripper without end!”
She went on to say: “I gave her respect during as a boxer, I used to look as much as her.
“After all I respect her for the battle she gave, it was a troublesome battle, the toughest battle of my profession, but in addition among the best wins of my profession and probably the most satisfying.”