Banned boxing ring girls have hit out at campaign groups they say have denied them their "basic right to work".
Ring girl trio Demey Maconachie, Kalista Thomas and Tammy Bills were told they would not be participating in Jeff Horn's fight with Michael Zerafa in Australia just moments before the bout on August 31.
Promoters replaced them with a male participant who carried out their duties instead.
It came after criticism from councillors and women's advocacy groups, with one describing them as "token trophy women".
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But the furious trio have hit out at the decision.
Maconachie told RT Sport: "(We've been) deprived of our basic right to work.
"I think it’s ridiculous that these female advocates are telling us what to do
"We have a freedom of choice and they are depriving us of our basic rights, which is to work.
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"So taking away a job from us is not okay. I’m a personal trainer and no one’s stopping me doing that day to day, so why’s that any different?"
She added: “When we initially found out, we thought that it was a joke. We had no idea about it until before five minutes before.
"We were confused because if girls can’t do the job now, why is a male allowed to do the job and we can’t?
"The three of us also really enjoy doing the job that we do, so we were really upset."
She added none of the trio "feel objectified".
Before then, Australian Councillor Yvonne Wrigglesworth said: "It's not OK that we have young females portrayed in this way.”
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