Ring girls are set to return to boxing for the first time in nearly two years for Josh Warrington’s rematch with Mauricio Lara.
SBJ Management has confirmed that Sophie Danvers and Jennifer McSween will glamour up the fight at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds on September 4.
They have been out of action since the coronavirus pandemic turned the sporting world on its head in 2020.
But Sara Beverley Jones, who organises their participation, says she can’t wait to see them back.
She told Daily Star Sport: “We’re very excited to reintroduce the ring card girls after a very long 18 months.
“It really has felt an eternity, and what a show to start off with in Leeds. The Leeds fans always bring a huge atmosphere.
“Being apart of an arena or stadium shows can get very addictive. The energy a crowd brings can be very addictive and it’s good to see an audience back too.
“Sophie Danvers and Jennifer McSween will be working the Josh Warrington fight in Leeds.”
On the undercard of the fight will be Ebanie Bridges who has been raising eyebrows inside and outside of the ring.
She will be taking on Mailys Gangloff in a career that so far includes six wins and one defeat.
But she has been raising eyebrows outside of the ring too thanks to her choice of racy underwear at weigh-ins.
Beverley adds: “We’re all excited to see Ebanie Bridges fight again on this card, as a former ring girl turned boxer we love to support her.
“I also admire how she doesn’t dampen down her sexuality in order to fit the fighter stereotype. She fully shines and embraces who she is and we love that.
“She has proved being feminine, sexy and a good fighter can go hand in hand.
“It also shows the opportunities that can arise from being a ring girl, the opportunities created and the different paths taken.”
Ring girls have long been a tradition in boxing, and they have survived the fate dealt to Formula 1 grid girls, who were removed in 2018.
There were accusations they were outdated, and walk-on girls were also axed from the World Darts Championship the same year.
Some felt boxing could be next, but this was quickly met with opposition from fight fans and those within the sport.
British boxing hero Ricky Hatton previously told Daily Star Sport: “I think it’s the biggest load of rubbish, they just add a little bit of glamour to the occasion.
“They’ve been there for as long as I can remember, we’re in the entertainment business, there’s nothing wrong with that.
“You can’t even open your mouth with anything these days.
“I mean attractive looking girls just carrying their cards, that has always been with boxing.”
Warrington will take on Lara after their February meeting that led to the first defeat of the former’s professional career.