‘I’ve been sparring Ebanie Bridges – she’s a champion out and in of the ring’
Jasmina Zapotoczna predicts Ebanie Bridges will “smash it” in her upcoming bout because of her “champion mentality”.
The Polish boxer, who now lives in Yorkshire to pursue her blossoming 5-0 profession, spent a number of periods sparring the Blonde Bomber forward of her hotly-anticipated return to the ring subsequent Saturday (December 9).
Speaking to Daily Star Sport, she defined how Bridges, 37, has helped her each out and in of the ring. “Having the opportunity to spar with one of the best in the world means a lot,” Zapotoczna, 29, advised us.
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“I’ve definitely improved my defence but what was more important to me – when I met Ebanie I wasn’t in the best mental condition. But only one little chat with Ebanie was enough to make me stronger and change my mindset again.
“She has actual champion mentality, spirit and power. She’s doing precisely what champions do – supporting different fighters as she is aware of how robust and troublesome a path it could possibly be.”
Bridges was due to fight fellow Aussie Avril Mathie on the undercard of Devin Haney vs Regis Prograis in San Francisco in what she described as “the battle of the boobs”, however her opponent has pulled out by harm.
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Zapotoczna reckons the alternative does not matter. “Whoever she’s gonna get she’ll smash it,” she stated. “Ebanie is tough and super dedicated. She’s not a world champion by accident.”
She discovered that out the arduous method after coach Murk Hurley organized their link-up with Bridges’ coach Dave Coldwell. “Sparring with Ebanie is no joke,” Zapotoczna admitted.
“It’s sharp, tough and definitely not easy game. I think we gave each other very good and quality rounds. I felt comfortable and Ebanie was super friendly to me from the beginning.”
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Bridges is now Stateside getting ready for her first combat of 2023, having been sidelined for a big portion of the 12 months as she recovered from surgical procedure on a damaged proper hand.
Zapotoczna, in the meantime, is gearing up for her subsequent skilled outing, which comes a bit of over 24 hours earlier than on the O2 Academy in Bournemouth on Friday.
She’s assured of seeing off 7-8-1 Gemma Ruegg. “I feel great – I’m fit, strong and sharp. What can I say? I’m ready for my sixth win,” she declared.