When Ebanie Bridges steps back into the ring this weekend to defend her IBF world bantamweight title, she has a special surprise in store for boxing fans.
Bridges is all set to make a remarkable return to the ring after a hiatus due to a hand injury. She is all set to make a comeback on the undercard of Devin Haney vs. Regis Prograis in San Francisco.
Because of her business relationship with McGregor, she also thinks she’s set for life after boxing.
Initially slated against Avril Mathie, Bridges will now face off against the former junior bantamweight world champion Miyo Yoshida. Expressing her disappointment about the changed opponent, Bridges shared her views with Daily Mail Australia.
She said: “Avril pulled out a couple of weeks ago, and this is about the fourth opponent we’ve gone through. We’ve had opponents say yes and then get the contract and go missing. It doesn’t change a lot. I’m still going to go in there and fight my fight.”
“I hope fans will get to see ‘The Battle of the B**bs’ but I’ll probably have to fight my mandatory [opponent] in March and then on to unification, so maybe later on.”
Bridges is best known for her striking weigh-in attire. The world champion claims to have something special in store for her fans this weekend.
She stated: “I always have a special weigh-in outfit planned.”
Bridges acknowledges that there’s a good chance she could defeat Yoshida via stoppage.
She told: “I definitely can knock her out. I have the power. But I’ve prepared to go the distance. She’s an ex-world-champion and she’s Japanese – and they’re really, really tough.”
During her recovery phase, Bridges solidified her connection with UFC icon Conor McGregor. She became a prominent face for his Forged Irish Stout brand.
Expressing admiration for McGregor’s strategic sponsorship of boxing events, Bridges commends his business acumen and reveals her ongoing business association with the UFC superstar. She has also attended various events with the UFC superstar.
Over the past few weeks, McGregor has been embroiled in controversy, This is especially in relation to the Dublin riots that ensued after three children and a teacher were stabbed in the city.
Elon Musk supported the mixed martial arts athlete on social media, and Bridges echoed his belief that McGregor would have a good chance of winning the presidency of Ireland in the future.
She told Lucky Block: “I think Conor McGregor can do anything he puts his mind to, so it wouldn’t surprise me.”
Bridges also disclosed that she and the Irish MMA icon now have a more advanced business relationship.
“I’m a face for Forged Stout now,’ she told Lucky Block. I can learn a lot from him as well for when I finish boxing – and what he’s doing in business I think is really inspiring.”
“It was natural and we’ll be working together for the remainder of my career … we get on really well.”
Recalling her dominant victory over Shannon O’Connell in December 2022, Bridges reaffirms her stance of not entertaining another bout with O’Connell.
She said adamantly: “Yeah, absolutely not! I battered her and I don’t respect her as a person, so I don’t want to give her another chance at a payday. She’s done.”