Aussie boxing world champ Ebanie Bridges is accused of DESERTING her country ahead of title fight against bitter rival – as an adult movie star springs to her defence
- Aussie boxing world champ Ebanie Bridges is accused of deserting her country
- Shannon O’Connell says the champ has disrespected Australia ahead of bout
- Adult movie star Kendra Lust has slammed O’Connell for body shaming
- Bridges defends her world title against O’Connell in Leeds on December 11
Shannon O’Connell has accused boxing world champion Ebanie Bridges of deserting her country for opting to defend her title in the UK, ahead of the Aussie pair’s much-anticipated bout in the UK on Sunday.
Bridges and O’Connell will clash 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.
Shannon O’Connell has accused boxing world champion Ebanie Bridges (pictured) of deserting her country for opting to defend her title in the UK, ahead of the pair’s much-anticipated bout in the UK on Sunday
Queensland-based Shannon O’Connell (pictured) believes Bridges – who lives and fights out of the UK – has ‘disrespected’ Australia
Queensland-based O’Connell believes Bridges – who lives and fights out of the UK – has turned her back on Australia.
‘Just the pure disrespect she’s had for Australian boxing. I’ve been told she was saying if we won the purse bid, she’d rather vacate than fight again in Australia,’ O’Connell told Fox Sports.
‘To me, most Aussies that leave Australia, they want to come back and defend their titles or fight in front of their home fans, especially when they think they’re as global and as big as she does.
‘So why wouldn’t she want to fight in front of her home crowd if she’s an Aussie?
O’Connell is furious that the title fight between her and Bridges (pictured) isn’t happening in Australia
‘I don’t condemn her at all for moving away and making her career better, but she had this opportunity to fight in Australia.
‘The money would have been the same for her as it would have been here because they (Matchroom Boxing) won the purse bid and (promoter) Eddie Hearn could have put it in Australia.
‘She’s really disrespected the country.’
There has been no love lost between the pair in the lead-up to the bout, with O’Connell calling Bridges a ‘skanky stripper’ because of her lingerie clad weigh-ins and her cheeky public persona.
O’Connell has branded Bridges (pictured at a weigh-in) a ‘skanky stripper’
Bridges returned fire by saying O’Connell should be thanking her for ‘the highest payday in her life’ – which is in part leveraged off the big social media presence Bridges has created while living in the UK.
The reigning champ has also received support from adult movie star Kendra Lust, who took to Twitter to defend the ‘Blonde Bomber’ on Thursday morning.
Lust accused O’Connell of ‘body shaming’ Bridges by calling her fat in a Tweet that has since been deleted.
Bridges has also received support from adult movie star Kendra Lust (pictured), who took to Twitter to defend the ‘Blonde Bomber’ on Thursday morning
‘… u have tweeted called her fat in a post when she running, body shaming her , u have called her skanky .. so really c’mon playing miss innocent to all of this,’ said the adult movie star.
Bridges says O’Connell started the beef between them – but she’s ready to finish it in the ring on Sunday.
‘She’s going to find out what this little skanky stripper can do and how serious I take the sport,’ Bridges told Daily Mail Australia.
‘She will be in for a shock.’