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Ebanie Bridges compares fighting trans women to boxing 'female Mike Tyson'

Ebanie Bridges compares fighting trans women to boxing ‘female Mike Tyson’ as she slams the idea of allowing transgender athletes to mix in combat sports

  • Ebanie Bridges says trans women shouldn’t be allowed to face biological females
  • The WBC are planning to create a transgender division with an ‘at birth’ rule 
  • No trans female boxer has been cleared by a professional boxing board as of yet

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IBF bantamweight champion Ebanie Bridges believes transgender women should never compete against biological females.

The Aussie puncher spoke passionately about the potential dangers cisgender women could face if trans athletes are cleared to box them.

 ‘I think it’s wrong, especially in boxing. I think in all sport,’ she told Bitcoin Casinos. ‘I just think a lot of women in sports that are breaking records weren’t originally women and in a sport where you are trying to hurt the other person. 

‘You’re born (a) man. I don’t care what you say, how many hormones you’re taking, you’re still born (a) man. 

‘It’s like saying all of a sudden Mike Tyson wants to be a girl now and he goes and fights you – no way! 

Ebanie Bridges believes trans athletes and non-trans athletes should be kept apart in boxing

Ebanie Bridges believes trans athletes and non-trans athletes should be kept apart in boxing

Bridges is the reigning IBF female bantamweight champion and is 9-1 as a professional boxer

Bridges is the reigning IBF female bantamweight champion and is 9-1 as a professional boxer

Bridges is the reigning IBF female bantamweight champion and is 9-1 as a professional boxer

Patricio Manuel became the  United States' first professional trans male boxer in 2018

Patricio Manuel became the  United States' first professional trans male boxer in 2018

Patricio Manuel became the  United States’ first professional trans male boxer in 2018

‘And how do you measure it? “They don’t look really masculine so that’s OK,” No. I even spar with boys or guys smaller than me and they are ‘hella strong.’ So, I think no.’

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman recently announced plans to create a transgender division in boxing that would adopt an ‘at birth’ rule, meaning a trans fighter born a man will only be able to compete against a fellow trans fighter who is also born a man – with the same rule applying for those born as women.

There are no known examples of trans female boxers being cleared by a professional boxing body to compete.

However, there is an example for the reverse. In 2018, Patricio Manuel made history by becoming the first transgender male to compete as a professional boxer in the United States. 

Manuel, who was born female but transitioned to male in 2014, competed as a female boxer at the US trials for the 2012 Olympics before transitioning and turning over as a pro.

He made his professional debut in 2018, beating Hugo Aguilar via decision before following it up with two more points victories against Hien Huynh and Alexander Gutierrez this year.

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