Australian boxer Ebanie Bridges faced a staggering defeat against Miyo Yoshida, losing her IBF bantamweight world title. Since losing the match, Bridges has been targeted online with harsh criticism.
Yoshida dominated Bridges in the match. Previously, many dismissed the Japanese as an underdog when she substituted Avril Mathie in the last minute.
Yoshida swiftly seized the world title opportunity, unleashing 122 powerful punches against Bridges’ 66. What was meant to be Bridges’ second title defense turned into a haunting nightmare.
Two judges scored the 10-round championship bout 99-91 x 2 and 97-93, awarding the Australian just one round. DAZN’s commentator labeled it a “disaster” for Bridges.
He said: “This was supposed to be an exhibition fight for Ebanie Bridges in the United States. This has been a disaster for her.”
While Bridges received considerable support after the match, she also faced a wave of criticism from boxing fans. Detractors targeted her flashy persona, eye-catching publicity stunts, and involvement with platforms like OnlyFans.
The former math teacher from Sydney is most renowned for her skimpy weigh-in attire and her OnlyFans account, which some boxing fans feel insults the sport.
Expressing deep disappointment, Bridges acknowledged the loss and its impact. Despite losing her IBF belt, she conveyed heartfelt admiration for Yoshida’s victory.
Bridges stated: “Absolutely gutted, it wasn’t my night. Big congrats to my opponent, she was the better fighter tonight. Beautiful & humble, single mother. Seeing how much that win meant to her & her daughter did give me some warmth inside.”
“A loss doesn’t define me. I have no quit, it’s all learning and I’ll be back better & stronger. Thank you to everyone who supports me. I love you all.”
The surprising defeat marks the end of Bridges’ 21-month reign at the top of the IBF bantamweight division.