Aussie Bridges retains boxing world title

December 11, 2022 09:55 AM AEDT | By AAPNEWS
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Ebanie Bridges has followed up her war of words with fellow Australian Shannon O'Connell by winning their battle in the ring and retaining her IBF bantamweight boxing world title with an eighth-round stoppage.

O'Connell wobbled the champion in the first round with a right hand but Bridges dictated terms for most of the Saturday's (Sunday AEDT) fight in Leeds, England.

She dropped the 39-year-old challenger with her own right hand in the third round and continually backed up her Queensland opponent.

While the game O'Connell landed some good shots in most rounds, she struggled to deal with the relentless swarming pressure of the 36-year-old champion, who hails from NSW but is based in England.

The end came halfway through the eighth when Bridges landed a series of blows, prompting English referee Howard Foster to stop the fight.

"Not bad for a skanky stripper," Bridges said, referring to some of O'Connell's pre-fight criticism of her.

Making her first defence of the title she won at the same venue back in March, Bridges improved to 9-1 (4 KOs), while O'Connell dropped to 23-7-1 (11 KOs).


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