Ebanie Bridges vs. Shannon Courtenay: Fight Analysis and Prediction

Published 04/06/2021, 5:00 PM EDT


Ebanie Bridges and Shannon Courtenay will face off in a highly anticipated title bout on the undercard of the Conor Benn vs. Samuel Vargas bout. The two boxers will compete for the WBA bantamweight title.

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The fight has drawn a lot of attention, thanks to the personalities of both fighters. They have engaged in many verbal battles in the lead-up to this fight. As a result, this promises to be an exciting match-up. So we look closely at the bout and see who will come out on top.

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Bridges goes into this bout with a perfect record of five wins and no defeats. The Australian has said she wants to prove a point in the fight and certainly has the arsenal to do so. The 34-year-old has incredible power and speed and likes walking down her opponents to trade blows in the clinch.

Courtenay comes into the bout with an impressive 6-1 record, and her only defeat came to former interim champion Rachel Ball. The Britisher has the physical advantage as she comes into the bout with a longer reach and is also taller.

In addition, the 27-year-old is light on her feet and can move well. Therefore, she relies a lot on counter-punching.

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Our prediction for Ebanie Bridges vs Shannon Courtenay

Despite all the hype surrounding Bridges, we’re picking Shannon Courtenay to get the victory and hand the Australian her first loss. Even though Bridges has the better speed and arguably punches harder, we think Courtenay will get the decision victory and will be the new WBA bantamweight champion of the world.

In her fight against Dorota Norek, Courtenay fought someone similar to Bridges and got the TKO. Like Bridges, Norek walked down Courtenay and landed huge shots. However, the Englishwoman showed her incredible chin and weathered the storm.

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In addition, her movement allowed Courtenay to avoid the early onslaught from her opponent, and then she worked her way into the fight in the later rounds. Since we think Bridges will follow a similar route, we believe it will play into the hands of Courtenay, and she will outbox the Aussie.

Therefore, we see the bout following a similar pattern to Courtenay’s last fight. However, given the Australian’s power and speed, one punch could change it all.

What do you make of this fight? Do you think Shannon Courtenay can beat Ebanie Bridges or do you think Bridges will be too much to handle for the Englishwoman?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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