Ebanie Bridges has taken some credit for normalising the wearing of lingerie by female boxers during pre-fight weigh-ins after Christina Cruz seemed to follow her lead before her win against Maryguenn Vellinga.
The Blonde Bomber, who became IBF Bantamweight World Champion with a win over Maria Cecilia Roman during her ninth professional bout back in March, hit the headlines back in 2021 before her showdown against Shannon Courtenay.
Fans took notice of the Aussie after she wore lingerie before her bout against the Brit, and has continued that across her next three fights, to the delight of her fans.
That may have had an impact on the plans of Cruz, who wore underwear that had lace before her third professional bout at the Madison Square Garden, which she won on points.
One fan wrote in response: "@EbanieBridges you've started a trend women in underwear on a weigh in. God bless you."
To which Bridges responded: "Women have always weighed in in underwear… just not bras with lace or gstrings usually… but hey #TrendSetter #NormalisingIt."
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Earlier this month the 35-year-old shared throwback snaps of all her weigh-ins on Instagram, asking her 505,000 followers which they prefer.
The looks include red, blue, black, brown, pink, white and green styles, with the latter being worn ahead of her win over Roman at the First Direct Arena.
The 35-year-old asked: "Which one's your fav?" And asked fans to drop the emoji heart that matches the colour they prefer as she decides what to wear next time out.
Speaking to the Fight Night boxing podcast, back in May, Bridges explained how she still had doubters just before she became a world champion.
She said: "I’ve been battling stigmas and stereotypes since I turned pro.
"Thankfully in my last fight when I beat the longest-reigning champion in my division in emphatic form, I think that proved that you can look like me and be feminine and women can fight."
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