Aussie boxer Ebanie Bridges has lamented the fact she will have to spend the rest of the year away from her family while taking aim at Australia's "ridiculous" border policy.
The “Blonde Bomber” flew out of Australia in March and will probably spend the rest of the year overseas, with Australia's international borders likely to remain closed until 2022.
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Taking to Instagram on Saturday, the NSW boxer lamented her decision to chase fights overseas because it means not seeing her family for an extended period.
“No one really knows/sees/understands the sacrifices I make to be where I am," she wrote alongside photos with her family and boyfriend.
"I’ve lost count at the amount I’ve made over the years with zero return at the time.
“The biggest sacrifices I make is to loved ones. It seems I’ll be staying abroad for a little while more (haven’t been home since mid March) to really make the most of the opportunities presented to me. Which means being away from the love of my life, my family, my friends, my cat.
“It’s not easy on me or them. If Covid wasn’t how it was and Aus didn’t have ridiculous quarantine regulations for returning to Aus I could come back and see my loved ones easily while still chasing my dreams overseas.
"Success doesn’t come easy, and it hurts sometimes just as much as it feels good. It’s kinda bitter sweet at times.
“Unfortunately nothing is ever certain, life throws curve balls, and BOXING is the worst for it, fights are never guaranteed, they fall through all the time, injuries happen etc but you don’t get anywhere in life worth going without taking risks and making sacrifices.
"God willing it will all be worth it when I achieve my dreams.
“Shout out to my amazing bf who sticks by me while I chase my dreams which can be very selfish.
"To my family and friends who no matter what support me, have my back and believe in me. I love you all and more than anything it is these people I want to make proud more than anything, to make all the sacrifices worth it.”
Ebanie Bridges loses bantamweight title fight
Bridges lost her WBA world bantamweight title bout against British boxer Shannon Courtenay last month in the UK.
The Aussie star fought gallantly until the end in an absolute war, before going down 98-92 after 10 rounds.
Bridges was battered and bruised in the fight and finished with a nasty haematoma above her right eye.
She took to social media to congratulate her opponent after the fight and said she fought her heart out, despite not being able to see out of her eye.
"What can I say, I didn’t get the W, but I fought my heart out, I couldn't see for the last 3 rounds, but I have no quit in me!" she wrote.
Bridges, who was formerly a ring girl before becoming a fighter, is now 5-1 in her professional career.
She has previously raised eyebrows with her attire at weigh-ins, which often includes racy lingerie.
"Have some respect for the game," Courtenay said before the fight.
"You’ve got people like Katie Taylor who has worked her arse off for years to allow women like me to be in this position - through hard work and dedication she’s managed to get women’s boxing where it is - and you want to disrespect it and degrade the sport by talking about your weigh-in outfit and lingerie?
"Have some respect and some decorum for boxing.”
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