Ebanie Bridges made short work of the usually durable Bec Connolly as she stopped her in the third round of a scheduled eight at the second week of Fight Camp in Essex.
Bridges, who was having her second fight in the UK after losing on points to Shannon Courtenay for the WBA bantamweight title in April, wasted little time with niceties as she loaded up with punches from the opening bell, scoring well to the body.
And she finished the job in style in the third round, landing a big overhand right that dropped Connolly. She beat the count but referee Kieran McCann seemed to take an age to decide that Connolly, who did not look sure herself, was OK to continue.
She probably wasn’t as it took only one more overhand right for McCann to stop the fight at 1:22 of the round.
“It’s good having the fanbase and the social media profile, but if you are not winning it can only go so far,” Bridges said.
“She was holding and a bit rough on the inside, that was new for me. I thought I would finish her in the later rounds. In the early rounds I was going to the body, the plan was to go to the body to drop her hands. By the third round her hand were already dropping.
"Obviously I want the rematch with ‘Shanny’. That’s what everyone wants, not just me. I know I want it, the fans want it, I’m pretty sure Eddie Hearn wants it. The only one that doesn’t want it is her.
“Hopefully she wants it, but then again she’s on her journey and I’ve got to focus on mine. I don’t hold my breath. The ball is in her court, and if she doesn’t take it, I suppose it looks a bit like she’s running."