“The Aim Is to Hurt You”: Ebanie Bridges Calls for Women’s Unity in Sport to Stop Biological Men from Competing After USA Boxing Allows Transgender Women to Fight in Female Category

Published 12/31/2023, 12:59 AM EST

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After Michelle Joy Phelps, Ebanie Bridges has taken to social media, criticizing the recent decision from America’s national governing body for amateur/Olympic-style boxing. Not so long ago, news broke about USA Boxing allowing transgender athletes to compete against women. Although, trans athletes under the age of 18 would have to fight according to their birth gender.

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The former Bantamweight champion has always been critical of the topic, having criticized the prospect of trans athletes competing against biological women before. However, after yesterday’s update from USA Boxing, Bridges went on a rant on X (formerly Twitter), calling for all women to come together to stop biological men from competing against women.

Ebanie Bridges doesn’t think trans athletes should compete against women in any sport

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In her first tweet, the Aussie labeled the decision wrong on every level possible, arguing not to agree to the rule any time soon. She claimed it was bad enough to have trans athletes breaking records in various other sports. However, it’s even worse when trans boxers fight women in sports because the aim here is to hurt each other. 

“It’s a bit different to them breaking our skulls in combat sports where the aim is to HURT YOU not just break a record,” wrote Bridges. She goes on to show her opposition to allowing trans athletes in any sport. “I think it’s wrong in ALL SPORT… I have nothing against trans, but can’t be skewing the line in sport….You don’t see reference or debates for transmen in sport…cos it’s not a threat…,” wrote Bridges.

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In a later tweet, Bridges suggested she doesn’t care about being politically correct because allowing biological men to compete against women doesn’t sit well with her. “The girls need to stick together or women’s sport in 50 years will be filled with male-born champions,” she also added. In another tweet, the same day, she claimed to feel sorry for the first woman who had to fight a trans fighter.

However, Bridges wasn’t done! In another tweet, she brought up aspiring female boxers. “Imagine being a little girl with a dream to break records to train her whole life to then be beaten by a transwoman who’s been a man their whole life except the last two years. Little girls gonna be thinking what’s the point in a few years,” wrote Bridges.

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As USA Boxing introduces new rules for transgender athletes, Bridges expressed her discontent with the idea of trans women fighting women. What did you think about the decision from USA Boxing? Do you think it’s fair for other female boxers?

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