“I aim to inflict some pain and come home with the win.”
That’s the message from Mount-Annan trained boxer Ebanie Bridges as she prepares for her debut professional bout next month.
Bridges will take on experienced Thai fighter Rungnapha Kaewrachang in a bantam weight (53.5kg and under) fight at the Wollongong Fraternity Club on November 24.
Bridges, 32, said she felt confident ahead of her first professional fight but expected a tough challenge from Kaewranchang.
“I can’t underestimate her because she is a world title challenger and has been around a while,” she said.
“But my preparation has been really good, I’ve got my head down and am focusing on the fight.”
Bridges is no stranger to hard work.
The Dural resident juggles boxing commitments between study, work placement, tutoring and gym sessions.
She is studying to become a mathematics teacher and is undertaking work placement at Mount Annan High School.
Bridges goes for 6km runs most mornings before work or does a couple of sprint interval sessions in the afternoon each week.
She also spars twice a week at Grange High Performance Smeaton Grange, plus does conditioning training at Smeaton Grange’s School of Strong.
After gym, Bridges hops back into the car to drive to Dural where she studies or tutors high school students.
“I’m keeping pretty busy,” she said.
Bridges took up boxing about two years ago after a previous background in bodybuilding.
Since taking up the sport, Bridges has had 27 amateur fights and only lost four times.
Nicknamed “The Blonde Bomber”, Bridges said she loved the challenge that boxing provided.
“I did bodybuilding for seven years and competed at national and international competitions,” she said.
“I was happy with my success in bodybuilding and had nothing more to prove.
"The transition to boxing was tough on my body, but I persevered and came through.”
Bridges has trained for the past year under the guidance of Anthony Redward, who also coaches well-known Macarthur boxer Tommy Browne.
She said Redward’s coaching style complemented her aggressive style in the ring.
"I've always been aggressive, but it's become effective aggression under Anthony's coaching,” Bridges said.
“It's a mental thing and I need to stay calm while staying aggressive.
“I can’t wait to fight professionally, but I need to be more strategic when boxing.”
Coach Anthony Redward said Bridges had “improved out of sight” in the past year.
“Ebanie had a very aggressive brawling style and has transitioned into a polished, progressive boxer,” he said.
“Ebanie is feeling very confident and has prepared well for her first pro fight.”
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