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How Ebanie Bridges became the IBF champion, silenced the critics and wowed fans in sexy lingerie at their weigh-ins

EBANIE BRIDGES brings glamor to boxing in and out of the ring.

the outspoken Criminally underrated Australian boxer35, Maria forcefully unseated Cecilia Roman as the IBF champion last month – and silenced her critics.

Ebanie Bridges was crowned IBF champion last month

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Ebanie Bridges was crowned IBF champion last monthPhoto credit: Reuters
Glam Bridges shows off her incredible physique in daring lingerie

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Glam Bridges shows off her incredible physique in daring lingerieCredit: PA

It was a remarkable journey who started out as an amateur in 2016 – but even then Bridges knew she was destined for the top, despite coming into the game relatively late and her first fight coming just weeks before her 30th birthday.

“When I started, I knew I wanted to be a world champion. That was my goal,” she told SunSport exclusively.

“And during the training camp I already believed that it would be me.

“It wasn’t a shock (when I won) because I already felt like a champion. I forced myself to believe it.”

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But before she defeated her Argentinian opponent by unanimous decision after 10 grueling rounds and became world champion, Bridges’ stunning looks called her fighting skills into question.

Her weighing has become legendary among boxing fans – with her choice of underwear spicing up the occasion and making promoter Eddie Hearn blush in the process.

But after her famous victory, she let her critics, who saw in her only the pretty face of women’s boxing, put up with it. She yelled in a ringside interview with DAZN: “Can I fight the fuck or what?!”

Not that proves their doubters wrong gave her extra motivation.

Bridges delivered a boxing masterclass by defeating Maria Cecilia Roman

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Bridges delivered a boxing masterclass by defeating Maria Cecilia RomanPhoto credit: Reuters
Bridges blasted her doubters after winning the IBF belt

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Bridges blasted her doubters after winning the IBF beltPhoto credit: Instagram @ebanie_bridges

“People use different things to motivate them. I don’t use people’s hatred or disbelief towards me to motivate myself,” she said.

“A lot of people want to prove others wrong, but I’m not like that.

“It wasn’t the motivation for my fight, but when I won – and I decisively beat the longest-reigning champion in the division – it was a very sweet f***.

“You can’t say I can’t fight now. I held a master class in boxing.”

By the age of five, Bridges was obsessed with martial arts.

She took up martial arts, including karate, in which she has a black belt.

Boxing was her #1 passion and growing up she loved to watch mike tyson and Kostya Tszu in action.

However, due to strict martial laws in their homeland, women were not allowed to participate in martial arts until 2008.

Desperate to be involved, she took a job as a a ring girl and continued to train religiously.

She said: “I wanted to be in the fights but I wasn’t allowed to. So I got paid to show off my banging body.

“Then I started doing competitive bodybuilding well into my 20s. This is when martial arts became legal for women.

“I loved punching people, so it made sense for me to move into amateur boxing.”

Before she started a boxing career, Bridges was a ring girl

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Before she started a boxing career, Bridges was a ring girlPhoto credit: Instagram @ebanie_bridges
Bridges has a degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Education

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Bridges has a degree in Mathematics and a Masters in EducationPhoto credit: Instagram @ebanie_bridges
Thorough training sessions and the will to be the best propelled Bridges to the top

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Thorough training sessions and the will to be the best propelled Bridges to the topPhoto credit: Instagram @ebanie_bridges

Bridges fought 30 times at the amateur level and won 26 before turning pro just three years ago.

In addition to her sporting ambitions, she has a degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Teaching and teaches in a school – proof of science is just as important to Bridges.

“It’s not just about boxing. It’s about setting goals and pursuing your dreams, so I feel like I’m setting an example for my students,” she said.

“Seeing your teacher at this level and working hard, and someone who has already completed three degrees and a master’s, shows them that education is important.”

Her rise to the top was not without sacrifice. Her road to success was aided by training in England’s boxing studios.

She is a 24 hour flight away from her family and partner and nine hours behind when she is on our shores.

But their popularity in the UK knows no end, as evidenced by the seven million viewers who tune in to them Check out their famous cradles.

Bridges wore bold underwear and made no apologies for who she is or what she wears.

Weighing bridges is legendary

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Weighing bridges is legendaryCredit: PA
Bridges wears a G-string and dazzles before her big fights

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Bridges wears a G-string and dazzles before her big fightsCredit: PA
Bridges doesn't apologize for wearing sexy lingerie to her weigh-in

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Bridges doesn’t apologize for wearing sexy lingerie to her weigh-inPhoto credit: Instagram @ebanie_bridges

She said, “Why would I buy damn underwear I’d never wear again?”

“And since everyone else is wearing Calvin Klein underwear, should I buy the same ones? Under no circumstance!

“I want to wear underwear that I really like. I was also a bodybuilder for 10 years of my life, so I’d be on stage in a g-string, bending, posing and looking pretty.

“For me, wearing a beautiful matching lingerie set is like wearing a bikini like I did on stage.

“I stand there owning how I look and to show off my body that I’ve worked so hard for.

“I want to be myself and enjoy this one moment. To me, a weigh-in is like a bodybuilding contest. I do my hair and makeup, wear a cute little g-string, and smile for the cameras.

“It has absolutely nothing to do with, ‘oh, this will sell’. Luckily it does. What I love to do sells. How I love to fight, sells. But I’m just me and I do what I do want to do .

“I am expressing this message. be you, be real It’s not female empowerment. But I don’t hide my femininity because I’m in a male-dominated sport.

“People think fans want to see me wearing lingerie, but it’s not the lingerie that’s getting the seven million views.

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Bridges preaches the importance of being yourself and being real

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Bridges preaches the importance of being yourself and being realPhoto credit: Instagram @ebanie_bridges
After defeating Maria Cecilia Roman, Bridges is now the queen of boxing

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After defeating Maria Cecilia Roman, Bridges is now the queen of boxingPhoto credit: Reuters

“It’s the whole thing. The way I move, the confidence I have because I’m a former bodybuilder and that’s what I do naturally.

“I do it because I fucking love it.”

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