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Ebaine Bridges poses with Leeds stars Luke Ayling, Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper after winning IBF bantamweight title


Ebanie Bridges celebrated with Leeds trio Luke Ayling, Kalvin Phillips and Liam Cooper after securing her IBF bantamweight title.

The Australian won the belt at the second attempt as she overcame Argentina’s Maria Cecilia Roman on points.

‘The Blonde Bomber’ won a thrilling contest after the judges awarded the points in her favour

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‘The Blonde Bomber’ won a thrilling contest after the judges awarded the points in her favour

The contest, which was held in Leeds’ First Direct Arena, saw ‘The Blonde Bomber‘ win by unanimous decision – the scores reading 100-91, 97-93, 97-93.

It was far from an easy contest for Bridges though, as the 39-year-old Argentine started well in the first three rounds, and looked strong in the fifth.

But after that, Bridges – a former bodybuilder who also works as a school teacher in Sydney – took control.

And whilst she was running out of steam in the tenth and final round, the Aussie dug deep to win the round, which proved to be a big factor in helping her win the fight.

And after the referee raised her hand at the end, she duly celebrated, and later caught up with the three Leeds footballers.

Club captain Cooper and vice-skipper Ayling were both in attendance as was one of the team’s star players in Phillips.


Bridges’ first attempt to win the belt came against Shannon Courtenay last March, but she lost via unanimous decision

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Bridges’ first attempt to win the belt came against Shannon Courtenay last March, but she lost via unanimous decision

After her victory, Bridges met the players and took a picture with them.

The picture, which was uploaded on her Instagram account, was captioned: “Yesss boys! So good to see you ringside”.

The Leeds trio witnessed an excellent fight

Instagram: Ebanie_Bridges

The Leeds trio witnessed an excellent fight

Prior to meeting with the players, in the moments after the victory, ‘Blonde Bomber’ wanted to silence her critics, even if in rather fruitful manner.

“They’re the fights that, I know they’re not the fights you’re supposed to really have, but I love those kind of fights. They’re entertaining for the fans,” she said.

“Firstly, can I just say, can I f****** fight or what?

“F*** you guys who think I can’t fight, because I can f****** fight. I can box, I can fight and I can look hot on the scales.”

Bridges’ boxing record now stands at eight wins and one loss

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Bridges’ boxing record now stands at eight wins and one loss

Bridges’ promoter, Eddie Hearn, heaped huge praise on her after the fight.

“There’s a lot of people who felt that when Ebanie Bridges came into this sport it was just a gimmick,” the Matchroom chief said.

“Tonight she didn’t get an easy world title, she didn’t get a vacant world title, she beat the longest-reigning champion in the division.”

Bridges later posted on Instagram: “AND THE NEW!!!

“Still so overwhelmed by everything but there is no words that will suffice for the gratitude I have for @tibbsboxinglondonw1ltd thank you for EVERYTHING.

The 35-year-old took to the platform again to showcase her victory

Instagram: Ebanie_Bridges

The 35-year-old took to the platform again to showcase her victory

“I wouldn’t be here without @bionic_bull215 and @ko_ndnbxr who have been there in my corner since the beginning we have been thru so much together so happy we did this together. Love you guys.

“WHAT A F****** TEAM.

“#Boxing#BlondeBomber#AndTheNew#World Champion”.

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