The old adage “looks can be deceiving” has perhaps never been truer than in the case of IBF featherweight champion Ebanie Bridges.
A late starter in boxing, Bridges trained in karate and muay thai as a youth before embarking on a successful career in bodybuilding, winning various titles around the Sydney area.
Although she had some experience in combat sports, Bridges’ journey to a professional career was unique in that she originally started taking boxing lessons just to improve her footwork in preparation for a future career in kickboxing.
But it was pugilism where Bridges would find a new passion, and despite her focus on soft science as a relative laggard, she found immediate success, winning Australian Golden Gloves titles at bantamweight in 2016 and 2017.
Making his professional debut at the age of 32, and despite the early part of his career disrupted by the pandemic, Bridges wasted no time in undergoing a long phase of development as a professional.
Ebanie Bridges has become one of the most recognizable faces in all of boxing despite only making her debut four years ago
The 36-year-old became a regular feature on the UK boxing cards and won a world title in her ninth professional fight.
Bridges defended his world title with an eighth-round TKO of Shannon O’Connell in December
Instead, she garnered a devoted following from the start thanks to her exciting style and penchant for wearing lingerie before challenging for the WBA bantamweight title in her sixth career outing.
Although she would find herself on the wrong end of a unanimous decision that night at the Copper Box against Shannon Courtenay in 2021, Bridges continued undeterred.
A fan of Leeds United since childhood, the Blonde Bomber has made the Yorkshire town her adopted home and explained that her love affair with the club began thanks to another of the city’s Australian imports.
“He’s my favourite, what an animal,” Bridges said of former Whites striker Mark Viduka on the Pub Talk podcast.
“Obviously when I was playing football in the late 90s and early 2000s, Leeds were huge in Australia.
“When you’re in my age group, in my time, there are a lot of Leeds fans because we were in the Premier League.”
Moving his career to the UK for good, Bridges found his way back to winning ways with two more fights in 2021, beating Bec Connolly and Mailys Gangloff to position himself for another world title.
This time, Bridges would make the most of his opportunity, defeating Maria Cecilia Roman to win the IBF bantamweight title in his adopted hometown, before retaining the belt with a serious grudge match TKO of Shannon O’Connell.
But it’s not just Bridges’ exploits inside the ring that have made her one of the most recognizable faces in the sport today.
The 36-year-old has also built a sizable following by regularly sharing adult content on subscription site OnlyFans, and showed off her bra to a reporter in December when asked to explain her outfit. weighing.
“It’s like lace, got my grip, subscribe now,” Bridges said. ‘I don’t know, what is it? It’s sexy, isn’t it?
Bridges is also a devoted Leeds United fan, having started supporting the team due to her love for former Whites star Mark Viduka
Along with her all-action style, the former bodybuilder has also won fans for her habit of weighing in while wearing lingerie.
Bridges (pictured) left a shock in December by lifting her shirt and showing off her bra during an interview about her controversial weigh-in outfit
“She’s more of a cute stripper not so much a skanky stripper, you know what I mean?”
Bridges has also struck up a close friendship with social media personality turned influential boxer Elle Brooke, with the pair engaging in a bizarre public bet late last year.
As Bridges’ beloved Leeds took on Brooke’s favorite side Man City in the Premier League on Boxing Day at Elland Road, the Blonde Bomber tweeted that the pair agreed the winner can knock the loser.
“She hits hard but I think she would be scared to hit me,” Bridges told Daily Mail Australia after City lost 3-1.
“But a bet is a bet (so) she gets a free shot.”
Facing online criticism for opening an OnlyFans account, Bridges revealed that the move has proven to be very lucrative and her enjoyment of the sport is now the main reason she pursues her career in the ring.
“You wouldn’t even believe it if I said it,” she replied when asked how much she’s earned on the platform in an interview with Talksport.
“It’s only been 10 weeks and I won’t disclose (the amount) but since day two of my OnlyFans launch I’ve been in the top 0.01% in revenue.”
“I don’t even know why I box, probably because I like punching people.”
Bridges also made headlines for his friendship with UFC legend Conor McGregor.
The pair were pictured together during Katie Taylor’s loss to Chantelle Cameron in May, with several photos showing the Irishman throwing his arm around her at ringside.
Although she later revealed on social media that she felt “roughed up” during the encounter, the pair have remained close ever since and were pictured together again in Anthony Joshua’s knockout win over Robert Helenius earlier this month.
The OnlyFans star also struck up a close friendship with UFC legend Conor McGregor
But Bridges shocked fans after claiming she felt the Irishman ‘roughed her up’ at ringside
Despite the comments, the pair were once again pictured together at ringside earlier this month
Despite a mixed response online, with some fans calling her an “influence hunter,” Bridges said she enjoyed her time with McGregor.
“We had a great night at ringside during Anthony Joshua’s fight with my friend Conor McGregor enjoying his sweet Irish Forged Stout,” she said after the fight.
“It’s always a great time with Conor – he’s always the life of the party and very humble.
“As we all know, I love breaking the internet, so I thought why not wear a sexy outfit, like I do, and promote Conor’s new stout while I’m at it.”
Hand surgery earlier this year reduced the Aussie’s activity inside the ring as his stardom soars to new heights, but if anything is certain it’s that all Ebanie Bridges does has the power to capture the attention of the public.