The blows didn’t stop when the fight ended, however. During the title belt presentation, O’Connell gave Bridges the finger and threw some obscenities her way. O’Connell’s outburst was confusing, to say the least… Was O’Connell implying the refs had made the wrong call?
Bridges fired back with her own cheeky comments in the post-fight ringside interview. Responding to some insults O’Connell slung her way in the buildup to the fight, Bridges quipped, “Not bad for a skanky stripper, I must say!”
“I gave [O’Connell] respect all the way through as a boxer. I used to look up to her. Of course, I respect her for the fight she gave. It was a tough fight, the hardest fight of my career, but also one of the best wins of my career and the most satisfying” – Bridges
Bridges’ December 10 victory over O’Connell marks the athlete’s 10th professional fight of her career. It’s up to her to keep her impressive record as she moves on to the bantamweight unification title fight.