Australian boxer Ebanie ‘The Blonde Bomber’ Bridges (5-0, 2 KOs) will be fighting for the vacant WBA Bantamweight World Title in London this Sunday. April 11, 2021, when she takes on Shannon ‘The Baby Faced Assassin’ Courtenay (6-1, 3 KOs) on the undercard of Conor Benn vs. Samuel Vargas. This event will take place at The SSE Arena in London, England, and will stream live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S. and more than 200 countries and territories.
WBA continental welterweight title is on the line when Conor Benn (17-0, 11 KOs) defends his WBA Continental Title against Samuel Vargas (31-6-2, 14 KOs). Hartlepool’s Savannah Marshall (9-0, 7 KOs) returns after her win over Hannah Rankin, Glasgow Bantamweight Kash Farooq (14-1, 6 KOs) challenges Alexander Espinoza (20-2-2) for the WBC International Silver Title, Takeley prospect John ‘The Gentleman’ Hedges (1-0) looks to build on his pro debut win last October and Glasgow Heavyweight Nick Campbell makes his professional debut.
Check out the video released by Ebanie which showcases behind the scenes from her last fight.
The math teacher from New South Wales won the judges’ favor after her win against Carol Earl in Sydney earlier this month. She secured a unanimous decision victory to keep her winning streak alive to five fights, including two knockouts. ‘The Blonde Bomber’ becomes the first Australian female fighter to feature on a Matchroom show.
“I’m definitely being underestimated but that’s great,” said Bridges. “I’m all about shock value. Everything that I do makes headlines, that’s just me. I’m naturally like that, it just happens. When I get in there and throw the first punch of the fight, people are going to sit there and they’re going to be shocked because they have no idea what I’m capable of. I’m not just a Barbie Boxercise fighter.”
Ebanie continues: “I feel like if I beat Shannon Courtenay I’ll go down as a fucking folk hero in the UK because everyone is DM’ing me asking me to knock her out. They’re all like, ‘hey I’m British and I just want you to shut her up and knock her out because she’s so arrogant. It’s crazy how many messages I get. I feel like there’s so much pressure on me to fuck her up. Nobody seems to like her over there. If I win, I’m going to be a hero.”
Shannon Courtenay did state that she won’t let Ebanie Bridges “mind games” get to her and refuses to be part of a social media war with the Australian.
“There was no hesitation from me when they offered me the fight,” said Courtenay. “It’s a fight that has been brewing for a while. It’s a fight that the fans want to see. Stylistically it makes for a great fight as well. The fact that it’s for a World Title too makes it an even bigger fight.“
Shannon continues: “She’s a good fighter. She’s come forward and aggressive. Stylistically it’s going to be a very good fight. I’m going to win. I’m not going to say how I’m going to do it. I’m confident in myself and I’m confident in my ability. It’s evident that I can dig hard. She looks like she can dig hard as well.“
Conor Benn vs. Samuel Vargas will take place at The SSE Arena in London, England, and will stream live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN in the U.S. and more than 200 countries and territories.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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