Ebanie Bridges may have come off on the bright side of a points win over Mailys Gangloff at Headingley on Saturday night – but the result was not without controversy.
The Blonde Bomber came into the fight following an impressive TKO victory over Bec Connolly in August, which followed his narrow loss to Shannon Courtenay.
The 34-year-old, from New South Wales, Australia, passed out after a good start against her French opponent, but went the distance as the decision fell to the referee.
Steve Gray scored the fight 77-76 for the favorite, but many home viewers had a different view, with DAZN’s Darren Barker claiming the losing fighter had been wronged.
One of them said: “This one has been fixed 100%, she won 1/2 rounds at best as a result of the joke.”
With a second saying: “Come on @EddieHearn, no way @EbanieBridges won this.”
A third continued: “Such a crazy fixed sport.”
A turning point in the fight came as Bridges appeared to be struggling with a hand injury, but that didn’t stop her from moving forward as Gangloff began to deal more damage.
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Ebania wrote on Twitter after his seventh win in eight pro fights: “Thanks to everyone who logged in and all the fans who came to Leeds! Love you all, hope you enjoyed the fight!
“Fight Dr said he’s pretty sure it’s broken but will get some scans to confirm it, but I pray it’s really swollen. It’s time to take a well-deserved rest.”
This message was accompanied by a photo of his hand, which was severely swollen following the deadly eight-round encounter at Leeds.
Ahead of the fight, after wearing his signature lingerie during the weigh-in, promoter Hearn admitted he decided to look elsewhere with cameras everywhere.
Speaking to Official Behind The Gloves, he said: “Everywhere the eyes look, there are cameras everywhere, you know what I mean?
“So the best way to go about it is to look the other way. Ebania knows what she’s doing. She’s a great fighter. Obviously, a lot of people want to see her weigh down too.
“It’s what it is, but for me it’s not about keeping my cool, it’s about making sure the camera doesn’t catch me at a particular moment when I might be watching. somewhere that seems to be looking elsewhere.
“I’m respectful of that and I think I’ll just find a place at the back of the wall somewhere.”