Ebanie Bridges believes boxers who don’t use appears to be like, character, or different private qualities to get forward are ‘f****** dumb.’
The IBF bantamweight champion first caught the eye of boxing followers when she began carrying lingerie to weigh-ins forward of her fights.
Since then, Bridges has gained a passionate fanbase and monetised her reputation by becoming a member of OnlyFans and charging folks $29.99 [£25] to entry unique behind-the-scenes content material.
The 36-year-old’s method to advertising herself shouldn’t be typical in boxing, however she believes it must be and says anybody within the sport who fails to make use of their finest qualities to advertise themselves is silly.
Bridges informed The George Groves Boxing Club: “If you happen to had it, you’d use it. If you happen to didn’t, then you definately’re f****** dumb as a result of it is a enterprise.
“When you have appears to be like or you could have a character or you could have one thing in your pocket that’s going to assist and also you don’t use it due to worrying about what persons are going to suppose you might be simply chopping your self quick.
“That’s like a enterprise saying, ‘I’ve acquired this actually good [thing] however I don’t wanna use it as a result of I wish to be equal to everybody else. I don’t wanna get a step forward as a result of it’s not honest.’”
Bridges’ perspective to self-promotion is already rubbing off on these round her as influencer boxer Elle Brooke – who she has helped put together for 2 fights – weighed in for her final bout whereas carrying a tiny bikini.
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Bridges, a qualified maths teacher, improved her boxing record to 10-1 by stopping Shannon O’Connell when they fought in a grudge match last December.
Post-fight, Bridges posted a picture to social media that showed her badly damaged hand ahead of surgery which would sideline her for at least a few months.
Once healed up, she’s hoping to get a rematch against Britain’s Shannon Courtenay who beat her by a unanimous decision when they fought in April 2021.
Bridges told talkSPORT in December: “It’s not even about avenging the loss but fighting for the titles and for the fans.
“I do know I beat her once we combat once more, nevertheless it’s not even about that as I believed I beat her the primary time. It’s simply ladies’s boxing wants these sorts of fights.
“We’re nonetheless so uncooked, ladies’s boxing continues to be so uncooked in society despite the fact that it’s been round for some time, persons are solely now starting to simply accept it, and it’s these sorts of fights and rivalries that have to occur to assist the game develop.
“Being a world champion, I would love her to go and get a belt.
“She’s on her personal journey now, having misplaced hers, however she must construct herself again up and do what she must do.
“God keen, even when she’s a rival I do need her to win a belt so then we are able to unify.
“That may be an ideal story to unify the belts. If not, my plans are to turn out to be undisputed and if she suits into there someplace, then it’s undoubtedly one thing that may occur.”
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