Destroyed boxing ring girls are fired and replaced by shirtless MEN for Jeff Horn's fight after furious feminists claimed they were exploited as & # 39; trophy women & # 39;
- Three ring girls have been replaced by men for the boxing match & # 39; Battle of Bendigo & # 39;
- Promoters came under fire from local councilors and women's interest groups
- Council members argued that boxing like these women are objective and not respectful
- Dean Lonergan event co-promoter said he was disappointed with the criticism
Three ring girls have been replaced by shirtless men for the Jeff Horn fight after furious feminists claimed they were exploited as & # 39; trophy women & # 39 ;.
Promoters of Saturday's & # 39; Battle of Bendigo & # 39; boxing show with Horn and Michael Zerafa were forced to replace the girls after being shot at by local councilors and women advocates.
City councilors Yvonne Wrigglesworth and Jennifer Alden from the city of Greater Bendigo were critical of the custom between rounds that has been part of the sport for decades.
But the hired women were less than impressed that they would be replaced and posed for a protest photo from the stake before the competition.
The three ring girls pose for a photo after being told they will not run the rings between rounds for the & # 39; Battle of Bendigo & # 39; match between Australian boxers Jeff Horn and Michael Zerafa
Councilor Wrigglesworth argued that events such as The Battle of Bendigo objectify women while Ms Alden said that such stereotypes do not respect women.
Dean Lonergan event co-promoter said he was disappointed with the criticism and had replaced the three women with men, who would be referred to as & # 39; fight progress managers & # 39 ;.
Mr. Lonergan said the three women would still be paid and their substitutes were found by his co-promoter, resident Bendigo and the Australian Olympic boxing representative of 1996 Lynden Hosking.
& # 39; Ironically, four women will fight tonight and wear fewer clothes than those women I now have to replace with men in response to these protests, & # 39; said Mr. Lonergan.
& # 39; As a result of their outrage and concern from sponsors about these uninformed media comments from an organization that have never expressed their concerns to me, their agendas show more headlines than equal opportunities. & # 39;
Lonergan said the three women were denied the opportunity to do the work for which they had applied.
City councilors Yvonne Wrigglesworth and Jennifer Alden from the city of Greater Bendigo were critical of the custom between rounds that has been part of the sport for decades
& # 39; They are intelligent women. Their freedom to work in an environment that they choose and enjoy doing is completely undermined. These protests are an attack on them. & # 39;
One of the replaced women, Kalista Thomas, objected to the criticism.
& # 39; To undermine my work as a ring card and call it sexual, I find it absolutely discriminatory & # 39 ;, said Thomas.
& # 39; Never in my time in the ring or during the fighting have I felt less worthy to be there. & # 39;
Michael Zerafa and Jeff Horn face each other after weighing before the fight between Jeff Horn and Michael Zerafa at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday
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