Australian boxer Ebanie Bridges slams ‘disrespectful bully’ Shannon O’Connell after world title win


Aussie boxer Ebanie Bridges gets the last laugh – revealing there is ‘nothing like shutting up a bully’ after demolishing bitter rival Shannon O’Connell who called her a ‘skanky stripper’ to retain world title

  •  Aussie boxer Ebanie Bridges says there is ‘nothing like shutting up a bully’
  •  Bridges put on a clinic to defeat bitter rival Shannon O’Connell on Sunday
  •  O’Connell has repeatedly fat-shamed the champion over her weight

Ebanie Bridges says ‘there’s nothing like shutting up a bully’ after demolishing fellow Aussie Shannon O’Connell to retain her IBF bantamweight world title and dethrone the ‘queen of Australian boxing’ with a stunning performance on Sunday.

The pair clashed in the biggest fight in the history of Australian women’s boxing as the co-main event for Josh Warrington’s IBF featherweight title bout against Luis Alberto Lopez.

Ebanie Bridges says ‘there’s nothing like shutting up a bully’ after demolishing fellow Aussie Shannon O’Connell to retain her IBF bantamweight world title and dethrone the ‘queen of Australian boxing’ with a stunning performance on Sunday

O'Connell came out swinging, but it was Bridges (pictured landing a right hand on her opponent) who dominated the bout by flooring her opponent in the third and later earning the stoppage with a brutal barrage of punches in the eighth round

O’Connell came out swinging, but it was Bridges (pictured landing a right hand on her opponent) who dominated the bout by flooring her opponent in the third and later earning the stoppage with a brutal barrage of punches in the eighth round

O’Connell came out swinging, but it was Bridges who dominated the bout by flooring her opponent in the third and later earning the stoppage with a brutal barrage of punches in the eighth round. 

The showdown had turned into a grudge match months beforehand with O’Connell branding her rival a ‘skanky stripper’ due to her habit of wearing lingerie at her pre-fight weigh-ins.

The 39-year-old also tried to intimidate Bridges when they met face-to-face in Leeds on Thursday, telling her ‘you’re f**ked, b***h’ – only to have her opponent laugh in her face.

The showdown turned into a grudge match months before hand with O'Connell branding her rival a 'skanky stripper' due to her habit of wearing lingerie at her pre-fight weigh-ins

The showdown turned into a grudge match months before hand with O’Connell branding her rival a ‘skanky stripper’ due to her habit of wearing lingerie at her pre-fight weigh-ins

O’Connell also insulted Bridges over her weight before the bout, describing her as a ‘fat c***’ before they stood on the scales.

Bridges has spoken in the past about her hatred of bullies – and took to social media after the bout to relish in victory.

‘That’s how it’s done, nothing like shutting up a bully – so satisfying,’ she wrote on Instagram.

Bridges has spoken in the past about her hatred of bullies - and took to social media after the bout to relish in victory

 Bridges has spoken in the past about her hatred of bullies – and took to social media after the bout to relish in victory

Other Australian boxers echoed her sentiments on social media, such as Commonwealth Games medallist Taylah Robertson, who commented on Instagram: ‘This was soooo satisfying to watch such a nasty human get her head punched in. @ebanie_bridges you are the queen of Australian boxing it’s about time you shut this bully up!!!’

Professional boxer Lauren Parker also commented: ‘Absolutely smashed it. Shut O’Connell up good and proper! So good after the s*** she’s given her in the run up,’

Bridges spoke after to the fight about how uniquely spiteful this encounter with O’Connell was.

The victory is just the Blonde Bomber's 10th professional fight, and she will now likely look to contest a bantamweight unification fight

The victory is just the Blonde Bomber’s 10th professional fight, and she will now likely look to contest a bantamweight unification fight

‘I’m not usually disrespectful to my opponent but she was so disrespectful to me the whole time. So I can’t really give her that much respect – she can hit but. She can bang, ‘ said Bridges.

‘She came, she was hungry, she was fierce. But I was better, and that’s why I’m the champion.

‘I knew it was going to be the hardest fight of my career, and it was.

‘Team skanky stripper forever!’

The victory is just the Blonde Bomber’s 10th professional fight, and she will now likely look to contest a bantamweight unification fight.