World title challenger Shannon O’Connell has seemingly accused IBF bantamweight queen Ebanie Bridges of setting ladies’s boxing again due to her lingerie-clad weigh-ins.
Forward of an all-Australia world title battle on December 10 in Leeds, an already spicy contest kicked up a gear because the pair confronted of in a digital showdown hosted by Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn.
The 23-6-1 O’Connell earned a shot a Bridges on the again of an eight-fight profitable streak.
The battle will even be Bridges’ first title protection after claiming the belt on the again of a brutal unanimous choice win over Maria Cecilia Roman in March.
Roman had held the belt since 2017, however Bridges outpunched the previous champ to take the belt.
Ebanie Bridges received the ladies’s IBF bantam weight championship belt in March.
Boxer Shannon O’Connell accused Ebanie Bridges of setting ladies’s boxing again.
Ebanie Bridges shall be defending the belt towards Shannon O’Connell.
Australian boxer Ebanie Bridges is understood for doing her weigh-ins in lingerie.
However the pair have lengthy been at odds over how they promote themselves as Bridges makes loads of headlines outdoors the ring as properly.
The 36-year-old former maths trainer often known as the Blonde Bomber frequently makes waves together with her lingerie-clad weigh-ins, and has a cheeky relationship with Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn.
At her final weigh-in, she gave Hearn a pair of sun shades, explaining it was so the boxing mogul “doesn’t have to harm his neck wanting on the ceiling”.
She’s additionally made cash promoting soiled socks up to now.
Nonetheless, the act is strictly the issue O’Connell has with Bridges, because the pair ignited their confrontation.
Shannon O’Connell mentioned Ebanie Bridges was performing like a “stripper.”Instagram/@shotgun78
“I don’t like the best way Ebanie has gone about issues,” O’Connell mentioned.
“In case you look again 10 years in the past … (feminine boxers) by no means bought acknowledged, we went on all of the beginner tournaments and excursions, we paid our personal manner, there was no respect within the sport for girls.
“I imagine everybody has labored so laborious to achieve respect, and doing issues the best way Ebanie has accomplished them …
Ebanie Bridges shot again that she was the one purpose Shannon O’Connell was getting any consideration in any respect. Instagram/@shotgun78
Bridges interjected: “So I’m not working laborious? You don’t suppose that I’m truly working laborious?
“You don’t suppose I labored laborious simply because I look a bit completely different, what I do isn’t the identical as you? You’re saying I haven’t had it the laborious manner as a result of I’m just a bit bit completely different?”
O’Connell: “What, since you get your garments off to be seen?”
Bridges: “I get my garments off? Sorry, how does everybody else weigh-in in? Claressa Shields simply weighed-in in lingerie, will get her garments off too, and all the ladies that get their garments off, now they’re simply seen?”
O’Connell mentioned Bridges had taken the wrap for introducing the pattern, including: “I’ve heard interviews the place you’re saying you grew up round strippers and stuff, and also you’re bagging them out, now you’re performing like one.
“I’ve bought youngsters. Think about my 16-year-old son going to highschool and all his mates passing round that photograph of me – there could be punch-ons on daily basis.
“And my daughter is 15, think about her, me instructing her ‘hey simply get your garments off and also you’ll get what you need in life’.”
Bridges replied she’d by no means bagged out a stripper, having grown up round them, including she was simply weigh-in.
Bridges fired again, saying: “It’s so Twenties, telling ladies what they should do.”
“If it wasn’t for me you wouldn’t be on this platform, you wouldn’t be getting seen globally, you wouldn’t be getting the largest payday of your profession,” she continued.
“You may say I’ve disrespected the game, however I’m fairly certain due to me you’re right here, you’re going to make good cash, and also you’ll have individuals truly know who you might be.”
O’Connell completed off the alternate taking yet another shot at Bridges’ social media fame.
“I don’t give a shit about individuals realizing who I’m and I don’t give a shit in regards to the cash. If I did do the game for the cash I’d be a f–king fool.
“Boxing saved my life and it’s completely different to me. Clearly, nobody desires to go with out however I’m not doing this for the short-term fame of boxing, of being a social media star. I couldn’t give a s–t about social media.
“You stick with it like I’ve bought no confidence and also you’re so assured, however in case you have been so assured you wouldn’t be always begging for validation each 5 seconds.”
Whereas nothing shall be settled by the feedback, it units the stage for a mouth-watering conflict at Leeds’ First Direct Enviornment on December 10.