Ebanie Bridges scrapes by Mailys Gangloff as Blonde Bomber escapes after injury

Ebanie Bridges came close to suffering a second career defeat after being dragged into a battle with tough Frenchwoman Mailys Gangloff.

The Aussie bantamweight got the decision but she was less-than-impressive in the eight-round bout at Headingley.

Bridges, 34, was expected to make light work of Gangloff, a fighter who was comfortably outpointed by Ellie Scotney in her last fight on these shores.

But after a strong start she faded badly and Gangloff grew in confidence.

Referee Steve Gray still scored the bout 77-76 to the favourite.

But Bridges can count herself fortunate to extend her record to seven wins and one defeat.

The Aussie won over the Leeds crowd by declaring her love of the football team recently.

And she got off to a good start decked out in the colours of the Yorkshire club, which included personalised boxing boots with the team's crest on them.

Bridges powered forward early on and Gangloff seemed to struggle with the pace.

But the French fighter also wasn't getting hurt by the shots Bridges did get through with.

As the fight went on, Gangloff settled in and started to catch Bridges as she came forward.

Gangloff, who had two defeats from seven before this, was able to land counters that edged rounds in her favour.

Bridges seemed to be struggling with an injury to her right hand as well through the middle rounds.

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But it didn't deter her from pushing forward looking to land as Gangloff's punches also started to do some damage.

Bridges went for it in the last round but Gangloff responded and the French fighter felt she had done enough to get the nod.

But Gray's card was in favour of Bridges as she continued her rebuild after losing her world title bid against Shannon Courtenay earlier this year.

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