(JULY 25) Heather Hardy
raised her professional ring record to 6-0 with a four round TKO
over Cassie Trost in a featured bout on DiBella Entertainment's
Broadway Boxing eight fight card, before at sell out throng at
Roseland Ballroom, steps from the theater district in Times
The scheduled six round bout was competitive only in the initial
minute of the first round when Trost, who came to the bout with
a 1-1-1 record and matched Hardy at 121 pounds, utilized an
effective long left jab to keep the Brooklyn fighter outside
effective punching range. Midway through the initial stanza,
however, Hardy began to slip inside the jab, and began to
effectively land her arsenal of heavier punches to Trost's head
The second round saw Hardy, now with confidence that she could
get within punching range of her opponent, begin to walk down
Trost, stalking the California fighter around the ring, landing,
by far, the bigger punches and , in the process, bloodying
Trost's nose and mouth.
Referee Sparkle Lee checked Trost's corner between rounds and
carefully monitored the action which, in the third round,
evolved into a carbon copy of the previous two minutes: Hardy
relentlessly pursuing her opponent around the ring and
dominating the bell/bell action.
At the start of round four, Hardy seemed to emerge from her
corner determined to bring an end to the proceedings. And after
dominating the first ninety seconds of the round, she caught
Trost near the ropes and hammered her to her knees with yet one
more barrage of lefts and rights. Sparkle Lee did not hesitate
in signaling the end of the bout, seemingly almost as soon as
Trost hit the canvas. The time was 1:30 of the fourth round.
Hardy's sixth win marked her first win by stoppage, while Trost
dropped to 1-2-1.
Hardy's sixth win may also have signaled a demarcation point in
what many, in the boxing community, view as the beginning of a
successful climb to the top of the sport for the undefeated
fighter. It can certainly be considered as a boxing Rubicon, as
a promising prospect crosses from the early wins of a career to
the reality of increased competition that awaits in a division
as talent laded as featherweight class in Women's boxing.