Aussie boxing sensation Ebanie Bridges kept her promise by weighing in wearing “sexy lingerie” for her world title fight with England’s Shannon Courtenay.
The Sydney school teacher faces Courtenay for the vacant WBA bantamweight world title on Sunday morning (AEST) – as a main event fight on the undercard of Conor Benn’s battle Samuel Vargas, which will be broadcast on Fox Sports 507.
Despite the very real world title on the line, much of the feud between the two challengers has been centred around underwear.
Bridges, 34, enjoys weighing in wearing lingerie and believes “embracing her femininity” will help bring more eyeballs to women’s boxing, The Sun reports.
But it was hit with criticism by Courtenay, 27, who has become tired of the conversation surrounding their weigh in attire.
She said: “You’re saying you want to get more viewers, I want more viewers for the correct reason.
“People like Katie Taylor didn’t work her backside off to pave the way for women like me and you to be in this position, to talk about underwear.
“I’ve got a 14-year-old sister, my coaches have daughters, I’ve got a goddaughter, I want to be a good role model.
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“I want to show hard work and dedication is what gets you here, not flaunting your body. That’s my only problem with this.”
Despite Courtenay’s view, Bridges wore lingerie while scaling under the bantamweight limit at Saturday morning’s weigh in.
And she received the backing of fellow fighter Mikaela Mayer on Twitter.
WBO world champion Mayer posted: “If I had t**s like @EbanieBridges I’d be steppin on that scale in some bomb ass lingerie too!
“I wear what makes ME feel sexy & confident and she has the right to do the same. “Be sexy, don’t be sexy, be sexy but not right now” s*** we can’t win!”
If that wasn’t enough to infuriate Courtenay, Bridges delivered another cheeky slap in the face by gifting her a pair of her own father’s underwear.
The “cute” offer was a direct shot at Courtenay’s refusal to wear the same racy outfits Bridges has made her trademark.
Bridges, who has two degrees and works as a school maths teacher, insists she’s all about female empowerment.
“Let’s be real. If I wore what everyone else wore, people wouldn’t be interested. I’d just be another fight. Whatever,” the Blonde Bomber told Sky Sports.
“I’m trying to bring more eyes to the sport. You can criticise me as much as you like. But if I looked plain then you wouldn’t even know this fight was happening.
“People will tune in to see if this girl wearing lingerie can actually fight, or is she just a model? The thing is; me and Shannon can really fight.”