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