Boxing star Ebanie Bridges "loved" the pepper spray in SAS Who Dares Wins

A high percentage of the world’s population would likely react negatively to a face full of pepper spray, but IBF women’s bantamweight champion Ebanie Bridges is certainly not most people.

As most boxing champions do, ‘the Blonde Bomber’ has a significant pain barrier which helps spur her onto historic victories such as her recent triumph against Maria Cecilia Roman. Bridges has certainly found herself in plenty of jaw dropping states, once claiming her eyes were “bigger than her boobs” after a fierce bout against Shannon Courtenay

However, the Australian is not indestructible, as she admitted having serious self-doubt a during her testing time on Ant Middleton’s infamous test of physical and mental endurance, SAS Who Dares Wins. Fortunately, a hefty load of pepper spray was able to cheer her up and click her back into action.

“I am definitely a results person, so for me to start believing, in myself I do need to see the results,” Bridges said to the BreakPoint podcast when asked about her struggles on SAS Who Dares Wins.. “You would have seen it on the SAS show.

“Until I actually started seeing success it was very hard it was very hard for me to believe it. It’s all well and good f****** saying it and believing it which I was, but it wasn’t working.

“I was sitting there going “yea I can do it” when I f****** couldn’t. But then I started doing the physical stuff which I was good at and I started being able to use my mind for certain things.

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“Like the pepper spray, I loved that s*** and I would do it all over again. I loved being able to block out the pain and do the things that I was really strong at, because I was like ‘okay, I can do this’ – that started putting a lot more positivity in me.”

As motivational and inspirational as Bridges is, the likelihood of the Australian boxer recommending a good squeeze of pepper spray remains very slim. However, her love of the usually feared substance used by the SAS is testament to her hardened mentality and tolerance of pain.

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