05/03/2024

Australia's Ebanie Bridges has defeated Mailys Gangloff by points this morning. (Photo: Ebanie Bridges/Twitter)

Australia's Ebanie Bridges has outpointed France's Mailys Gangloff to earn a points victory in a hotly contested fight this morning

Australia’s Ebanie Bridges has edged out France’s Mailys Gangloff to earn a points victory this morning as part of the main card of Lara vs Warrington at Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds.

Referee Steve Gray scored the contest 77-76 for the New South Wales native who now extends her record to six wins and one loss.

The fight was a quick turnaround for Bridges who only fought a month ago at Matchroom Fight Camp in a destructive performance against Bec Connolly.  

Bridges had her work cut out for her with Gangloff, the French bantamweight champion.

Round 1

The first round served as a feeling out process, with Bridges staying at distance, something she had been working on prior to the fight.

Gangloff on the other hand was the more aggressive fighter, and was more nimble on her feet, looking to pop off shots and then move.

Round 2

Bridges came out more aggressive in the second round, use her double jab to close distance and then land power strikes behind them.

As the round progressed Bridges opened up more, pressuring Gangloff, where it was clear she was the more powerful puncher with her blows having far more effect. Gangloff remained game however, still able to counter.

Round 3

With Bridges continuing to move forward and pressure in the third, she was there to be hit. She managed to walk through Gangloff’s punches to get on the inside, where she was the harder and cleaner striker when the two exchanged.

To close out the round Bridges started swinging leather, landing a barrage of punches and closing out the round with a big right hand which appeared to hurt her hand. Post-fight it was discovered that Bridges’ hand was broken.

Round 4

The fourth round was at a much slower pace than the previous two. With Bridges’ right hand clearly compromised she came out jabbing more, hesitant to throw the right unless absolutely necessary.

The tide began to turn in the favour of Gangloff in the round, with the Frenchwoman able to get off the better shots and either get out the way or smother Bridges punches.

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Round 5

Bridges came out far more aggressive to start the fifth round, immediately pressuring Gangloff and looking to attack the body on the inside. However, Gangloff appeared to have grown in confidence, knowing Bridges was compromised.

Gangloff was happy to stand in front of Bridges and exchange rather than be on the move like in previous rounds. Bridges obliged, more willing to throw the right hand.

However as the round wore on, it was clear she was beginning to tire.

Round 6

The sixth round was all Gangloff, looking far fresher and continuing to pick off Bridges with shots and stay on the move.

Swelling under the eyes of Bridges added to her frustration, with the Australian beginning to look one dimensional in her approach.

Round 7

From all the damage of the previous six rounds, a large mouse had formed under the right eye of Bridges, which was clearly bothering her as she opened the seventh with her guard up higher to avoid further damage. This was counterintuitive however, as she continued to press forward and get hit by Gangloff.

Gangloff looked very comfortable, staying busier and getting off at will, peppering Bridges with shots.

Round 8

With the fight most likely close on the scorecards, Bridges opened the round strong knowing she might need to win the round to win the fight.

Bridges changed her game plan, opting to stay at distance more while Gangloff was the one walking her down, hunting for a finish.

While Bridges grimaced each time she threw the right hand, she showed incredible heart, pushing through the pain, still throwing it in the hope of landing something significant.

With Bridges’ hand broken it may be some time before we see her in the ring again, with the Australian needing some time off to recover.

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