Boxer Shannon O’Connell says Ebanie Bridges acting like a ‘stripper’ over lingerie-clad weigh-ins

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.

Ahead of an all-Australia world title struggle 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 successful streak.

The struggle can even be Bridges’ first title protection after claiming the belt on the again of a brutal unanimous decision win over Maria Cecilia Roman in March.

Roman had held the belt since 2017, however Bridges outpunched the previous champ to take the belt.

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Ebanie Bridges gained the ladies’s IBF bantam weight championship belt in March.

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Boxer Shannon O’Connell accused Ebanie Bridges of setting ladies’s boxing again.

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Ebanie Bridges can be defending the belt towards Shannon O’Connell.

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Australian boxer Ebanie Bridges is understood for doing her weigh-ins in lingerie.

But the pair have lengthy been at odds over how they promote themselves as Bridges makes loads of headlines outdoors the ring as nicely.

The 36-year-old former maths instructor often known as the Blonde Bomber recurrently makes waves along 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 sunglasses, explaining it was so the boxing mogul “doesn’t have to hurt his neck looking at the ceiling”.

She’s additionally made money promoting soiled socks up to now.

However, the act is strictly the issue O’Connell has with Bridges, because the pair ignited their confrontation.

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Shannon O’Connell stated Ebanie Bridges was acting like a “stripper.”

“I don’t like the way Ebanie has gone about things,” O’Connell stated.

“If you look again 10 years in the past … (feminine boxers) by no means bought acknowledged, we went on all of the newbie tournaments and excursions, we paid our personal means, there was no respect within the sport for girls.

“I imagine everybody has labored so exhausting to achieve respect, and doing issues the way in which Ebanie has performed them …

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Ebanie Bridges shot again that she was the one motive Shannon O’Connell was getting any consideration in any respect.

Bridges interjected: “So I’m not working exhausting? You don’t suppose that I’m truly working exhausting?

“You don’t think I worked hard just because I look a bit different, what I do isn’t the same as you? You’re saying I haven’t had it the hard way because I’m just a little bit different?”

O’Connell: “What, because you get your clothes off to be seen?”

Bridges: “I get my clothes off? Sorry, how does everyone else weigh-in in? Claressa Shields just weighed-in in lingerie, gets her clothes off too, and all the girls that get their clothes off, now they’re just seen?”

O’Connell stated Bridges had taken the wrap for introducing the development, 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 acting like one.

“I’ve bought children. Imagine my 16-year-old son going to highschool and all his mates passing round that photograph of me – there could be punch-ons daily.

“And my daughter is 15, imagine her, me teaching her ‘hey just get your clothes off and you’ll get what you want 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 1920s, telling women what they need to 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 biggest payday of your career,” she continued.

“You can say I’ve disrespected the sport, but I’m pretty sure because of me you’re here, you’re going to make good money, and you’ll have people actually know who you are.”

O’Connell completed off the alternate taking yet another shot at Bridges’ social media fame.

“I don’t give a shit about individuals understanding who I’m and I don’t give a shit concerning the money. If I did do the game for the money I’d be a f–king fool.

“Boxing saved my life and it’s totally different to me. Obviously, 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 carry on like I’ve got no confidence and you’re so confident, but if you were so confident you wouldn’t be constantly begging for validation every five seconds.”

While nothing can be settled by the feedback, it units the stage for a mouth-watering conflict at Leeds’ First Direct Arena on December 10.

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