Ebanie Bridges (35) moves in a male domain. The Australian enters the ring as a boxer. And with success. It was not until March that she defeated Maria Cecilia Roman (39) unanimously on points and took the IBF bantamweight world championship belt from the Argentine.
However, the 35-year-old also knows opponents that she cannot easily put on the boards. Despite the status of a world champion, she has so far fought in vain against prejudice. She just isn’t taken seriously. The reason? She is too pretty for the boxing ring.
In the podcast “Fight Night” she criticizes: “Ever since I turned professional, I’ve been fighting prejudice and clichés. Even when I won my belt, people didn’t know I boxed. They said, ‘Oh, you box? You’re too pretty to fight.'”
“I think it’s slowly breaking up”
Bridges has no understanding for such statements. However, she has hope that something could change in the future. She is sure that there will always be prejudices, because that’s how society has been for many years. “But I think it’s breaking up slowly.”
Maybe because she proved by beating Roman that she can fight. “Fortunately, in my last fight, I clearly defeated the longest-reigning champion in my weight class,” said Bridges. “It proves that you can look like me and be feminine and still fight.”
Bridges also emphasizes that she is not the only boxer who proves that women can get in the ring and fight. The same applies to her colleagues Katie Taylor (35) and Amanda Serrano (33). “We fight hard and we entertain the boxing fans – not like men, because we are still women, but we are boxers just like the men.” (bir)