Ebanie Bridges vs Shannon O’Connell result, knockout, video, reaction world title fight

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Ebanie Bridges has made a statement in the all-Australian war with Shannon O’Connell, dominating her challenger with a brutal TKO win in Leeds.

The pair met on Sunday morning [AEDT] for Bridges’ IBF female bantamweight title in what was the biggest women’s boxing fight in Australian history.

The fight was the co-main event on the Josh Warrington vs Luis Alberto Lopez card.

Bridges was stunned early by O’Connell but dominated the remaining rounds before a barrage of brutal punches saw the fight stopped in the eight round.

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“Not bad for a skanky stripper I must say, not bad for a skanky stripper,” Bridges said post-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.

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

Bridges called it a real “How do you like them apples moment”, referencing the disrespect from O’Connell earlier in the week, having been called a “fat c***” and a “skanky stripper”.

“I’m very satisfied with that win,” Bridges added.

“I hope the world, I hope Australia is proud of me now. We know who the queen of Australian boxing is. I knew it was going to be the hardest fight of my career, and it was.”

Eddie Hearn, meanwhile, said he believes Bridges should now unify the division, adding: “There’s lots (left) to write in the Ebanie Bridges story.”

Ebanie Bridges celebrates. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

It was an aggressive start from Bridges, who opened the fight on the frontfoot as O’Connell looked to counter.

Mike Costello described the right hand as “a clear tactic” from O’Connell early in the fight and she was finding plenty of success with it too.

A big right hook had Bridges rocked and capped off what had been a really strong opening round from the challenger.

Like a true champion, Bridges fired back in the second round as was the more active of the two, setting the pace early and landing a right hand and follow-up body shot.

O’Connell was not backing away and landing cleaner shots but it was “relentless attack” from Bridges, as Costello put it in commentary.

Ebanie Bridges dominated the fight. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

The champion’s corner advised Bridges to keep it up in the third, noticing that O’Connell was started to tire and it proved to be wise advice.

Bridges found immediate success with the biggest shot of the fight as she sent O’Connell straight to the canvas before hitting her again with a brutal right hand soon after she got up.

“She is clearly badly stunned,” Costello said of O’Connell, describing it as a “brilliant” shot from Bridges, who enjoyed the far better round.

That continued into the fourth, even after a few early moments for O’Connell, as the challenger went down again.

This time around though it looked more a result of fatigue from O’Connell as opposed to a brutal shot from Bridges, but nonetheless it spoke to how in control the champion was.

Speaking of being in control, Bridges continued to dominate the fight as she rocked O’Connell once more with a big right hand.

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The challenger responded immediately looking for anything to swing the fight back in her favour but it was emptying what was already an exhausted fuel tank for O’Connell.

O’Connell’s corner desperately pleaded with her to take the fight back to the centre of the ring as Bridges came forward and continued to push her rival up against the ropes.

It left O’Connell looking for something special heading into the final rounds of the fight, which the champion was otherwise dominating on the scorecards.

“There’s a look of despair on O’Connell’s face as she backs away, desperately looking to hold on,” said Costello.

O’Connell could not hold on though, with a brutal combination seeing the fight come to an end.

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