Brave Aussie star suffers gruesome eye injury as boxing world lauds world title epic.
Courtenay was embroiled in a fiery dispute with Bridges ahead of their world title fight, but Britain's bantamweight had the final word, securing a unanimous decision with scores of 97-94, 98-92 and 98-92.
Aussie boxing sensation Ebanie Bridges kept her promise by weighing in wearing “sexy lingerie” for her world title fight with England’s Shannon Courtenay.
Great Britain's Shannon Courtenay produced a fiercely determined performance to beat Ebanie Bridges in an enthralling fight and become a world champion for the first time.
Courtenay was bloodied from early on but a swelling over Australian Bridges' left eye proved key late in the fight.
It allowed Courtenay to produce a huge ninth round and finish strongly.
The cards read 97-94 98-92 98-92 to give an emotional Courtenay the vacant WBA world bantamweight title.
It was a bout 5 Live boxing analyst Steve Bunce said "might have been the best women's fight we've ever seen in this country".
The margin of the unanimous points win was harsh on Bridges but, on hearing her name read, 27-year-old Courtenay - who entered boxing when she turned her back on a party lifestyle in order to lose weight - screamed with delight.
"I cant put it into words - unbelievable," the Watford fighter said. "We worked so hard and for someone who has genuinely turned her life around it shows people can achieve anything.
"I boxed nicer, I had the cuter shots. I kept throwing the jab out. My jab won me the fight, you could see that from her eye."
Bridges donned lingerie at the weigh-in, but was happy to get stuck in inside the ropes as she ultimately fell short in her shot at the vacant WBA bantamweight belt in the United Kingdom.
Bridges: I’m bringing eyes to the sport
Bridges, who has two degrees and works as a school maths teacher, insists she’s all about female empowerment.
“Let’s be real. If I wore what everyone else wore, people wouldn’t be interested. I’d just be another fight. Whatever,” the Blonde Bomber told.
“I’m trying to bring more eyes to the sport. You can criticise me as much as you like. But if I looked plain then you wouldn’t even know this fight was happening.