HORRIFIC: Ebanie Bridges Suffers Nasty Eye Injury in a War With Shannon Courtenay

Published 04/10/2021, 4:39 PM EDT
Boxing – Shannon Courtenay v Ebanie Bridges – WBA World Bantamweight Title – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – April 10, 2021 Ebanie Bridges after the fight Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge


Ebanie Bridges and Shannon Courtenay battled it out for the WBA female bantamweight title. The two fought on the undercard of Conor Benn vs. Samuel Vargas. And after weeks of trash-talk, the bout lived up to the expectations.

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The two-boxers put on a classic and engaged in a slug-fest. Both fighters did not hold back from the first bell up until the last. As a result, Bridges and Courtenay took significant damage. However, Bridges certainly had the worse injuries.

Boxing – Shannon Courtenay v Ebanie Bridges – WBA World Bantamweight Title – The SSE Arena, London, Britain – April 10, 2021 Ebanie Bridges after the fight Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

The 5-1 boxer suffered a horrific swollen eye after Courtenay repeatedly hit her with hard combinations. Post-fight pictures showed just how bad the injury to Ebanie Bridges’ eye was. The Australian even complained that she could not see heading into the tenth round.

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This was just a hint of the type of fight boxing fans witnessed. It was a clash for the ages, with the two contrasting styles coming together to deliver an incredible fight. Even though Courtenay got the decision victory, it was a great effort from the Australian.

What caused the injury to the eye of Ebanie Bridges?

The injury was just a small snippet of the war that the two fighters engaged in. The bout promised to be an exciting one since the two fighters engaged in multiple verbal battles in the build-up. Therefore, it was no surprise that it ended up being a close contest. So what caused such a nasty injury?

Bridges was the more powerful fighter going into the fight. However, Courtenay was the more technical fighter and possessed the better skills. This showed in the fight as although Bridges threw more punches, Courtenay was more precise.

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Courtenay threw many accurate counter combinations when Bridges walked her down. And although she suffered a cut herself, the newly crowned champion did not slow down and continued to target that eye.

Therefore, the Englishwoman’s accuracy and precision were the main reasons that she could cause such damage to Bridges’ eye. And ultimately, this was the defining factor in the fight as Bridges could not see in the last two rounds, and thus, lost the decision.

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What do you make of this injury? Is this the worst you’ve seen in women’s boxing?

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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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