night I had the pleasure of sitting down with Heather Hardy. We
discussed her career, and the film documenting her life, named
"Hardy", which will be released later this year. Before we get
started with the interview, let me give you some information
about her. Also make sure to follow Heather on twitter! @HeatherHardyBox
Hardy, an Irish-American, was born on January 25, 1982, in
Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Stella Maris High school in
Queens, NY, where she played softball, and soccer. She attended
college and graduated with a degree in forensic psychology from
John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2005. In addition to her
career as a professional boxer, she currently works as a boxing
and fitness trainer at Gleason's Gym, and is the mother of a 9yr
old daughter, Annie. In May 2010, Hardy entered Gleason's in
Brooklyn where she met Devon Cormack. After 11 months of
training with Cormack, Hardy won the 125lbs 2011 Metro and
Regional Titles, then went on to win the USA Boxing 2011
National Title. In 2012, she won the 125lb Golden Gloves
Featherweight title. Her overall amateur record was 16-5. Her
trainer/manager Devon Cormack gave her the name "The Heat"
because of her aggressive boxing style. On August 2, 2012, Hardy
won her pro debut by UD at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC.
Currently signed with NY based boxing promoter, Lou Dibella, and
Dibella entertainment. On July 24, 2013, Hardy defeated Cassie
Trost by TKO. Now that you are more acquainted, here's what
you've been looking for, the interview!
Heather Hardy. Please tell me what a gorgeous, college educated,
mother is doing boxing?
Heather: I started
boxing a few years ago. Before that I started going to a
Kickboxing school by my house. I figured I would go there and
get in shape. Within 3 weeks, the girl who was teaching these
cardio classes said that I could have a fight. Iím like a really
shy, quiet kind of a person, but for whatever reason I thought
it would be a good idea. I went and I fought in front of like a
thousand people, and I won. It was like the greatest feeling
ever. And I just havenít stopped since then.
other influences did you have to get into Boxing? Did someone
introduce you to the sport?
Heather: I didnít
really have any other influence to get involved in boxing, other
than I was good at it, I loved it so much, and I love being in
the ring. It just makes me want to do more. I want more.
Tiffanie: So Like
you said, you only have been boxing for a few years, what have
you learned about this pugilistic sport?
Heather: Well with
kickboxing it was more of like a karate school that I was in, so
the focus was more on discipline, being tough, being strong, and
working hard. On the side of boxing itís more the science of it.
Now I go to the boxing gym itís more like school or class,
learning how to do certain things. So now that I know more about
the sport, I can appreciate how hard it is. Itís easy to just go
in and be tougher or stronger than the next girl, but being
smarter is what I really learned to appreciate.
Tiffanie: Thatís a
great point that you bring up about using the science of boxing,
and using your intelligence in the ring. Do you have a favorite
boxer right now, by the way?
Heather: I follow
the girls more than I follow the boys to be perfectly honest. I
have girls that I look up to like Alicia Ashley, Fernandez,
couple of friends of mine. I see how hard they work and how
dedicated they are. Those are the boxers I aspire to be like and
try to emulate. But If I had to pick somebody, I love the way
Canelo Alvarez punches. I really respect his punches. Iím also a
huge Mike Tyson fan.
Tiffanie: How did
you get hooked up with Lou Dibella?
Heather: I was
training in the gym, and one of the guys approached me. They
were getting ready to have a fight. The guy knew that after I
won the Golden Gloves, that I wanted to make my pro debut. As
Iím sure you know, itís really hard for a female to get that
debut, or for someone to give her that shot. Unless youíre
planning on traveling and being an opponent somewhere. So one of
the guys who actually works the corner now, went to Lou. He
tells Lou: " Lou I got this kid, sheís really good, sheís really
tough. Nobody works harder than this girl, and she can sell a
ton of tickets." So he kind of got me in the door with a promise
in itself to sell a ridiculous amount of tickets, which I did.
Thatís how I got my start, thatís how I got my chance.
makes you stand out from the other professional women boxers
that are out now?
Heather: Itís so
hard for me to say, I donít want to be disrespectful to another
female in the sport, because honestly Iím working so hard on
trying to make me better. I really donít know what anyone else
is doing. I donít see myself as being any different than anyone
else out there. Everyday for me is getting up, doing my work,
doing my training. Ensuring to get it all in, in one day. Trying
to focus on someone else and what theyíre doing is not my style.
Tiffanie: So I
know you said you donít focus on other fighters and what theyíre
doing inside the ring, but thereís another fight going on
outside the ring. There are a lot of female boxers out there
fighting for equality for womenís boxing? Where do you fit in
with all of that? Do you have any solutions or ideas?
Heather: Not to say
that itís an idea for anyone else. What seems to be working for
me now, which is different from 10 yrs ago,we have social media.
It allows us to interact with the public, in such a easy way. It
can be done from your phone waiting for the bus. Also to keep
putting ourselves out there, letting people see us. Some of the
girls made it to the Olympics last year. There was a small wave
of attention for female boxing, not just on the small group that
was going, but on all of us. There was always people in the gym
asking questions, looking at you when you are at tournaments
fighting. So thereís a small window where people are interested,
the fight is to make sure that the little small opening, that
someone kicks it in, and it never shuts again. So the point is,
when you have people questioning, you always have to be there to
answer. I try to make my fights so exciting that my fans want to
come back to see me. So that all the reporters who talked to me
before, are looking to talk to me again. I want to give people a
reason to want to come back.
Tiffanie: Iím sure
people are hearing about the "heat" youíre bringing in the ring,
itís only a matter of time when they will be knocking down your
door to fight you. What are your plans on how to keep your
composure, so that you can make smart business decisions.
Heather: Iíve been
pretty fortunate that I have a great manager. From day one when
I had my first amateur loss, I came back with my head hanging,
heís always looked out for my best interest. I trust that he
will make the business decisions for me. Right now my job is to
keep working, keep training, and keep my mouth open. Keep
spreading the word that "The Heat" is here.
Tiffanie: You are
6-0, the last by fight knockout a couple of weeks ago, what are
you doing now? Are you training, staying in shape for your next
training like I got something in 2 weeks. Thatís always how I
am, because I started in the game so late. I have so much ground
to cover, so much to make up for. I really donít play. Alicia
Ashley is my stable mate, and also the WBC champ in my weight
class. So I get to see everyday, how much further I have to go
to get where she is. Itís just motivation to constantly be in
the gym and train. On the day after my fights, Iím back to the
Tiffanie: When are
you planning on fighting again?
Heather: Not really
about my plans, because if it was up to me I would fight once a
month. Itís when they let me go. I kind have to wait until
thereís a show available for me to fight on. No date is set, but
I train like heís going to tell me that I have a fight in 2
Natasha Verma is directing a film/documentary about you, called
"Hardy". That must feel amazing! Give me your perspective of the
film and what kind of waves you think it will send through the
Heather: I think
itís phenomenal and I'm so excited for it to be released.
Natasha came to me about a year ago, and she pitched the idea so
that people could see the inequalities in the sport, and how
tough it is for the women. I think the trouble is, that people
just donít know. Like for me after my fight, from my first fight
until now. After my fight, Iím outside shaking hands and signing
autographs for like two hours. People are so surprised that they
just witnessed two girls fight like I fight. So I donít think
itís a matter of changing peopleís minds, just making them aware
of what goes on. How hard we fight, how hard we train, how
entertaining we can be. People think of girl fights, they think
of a big pool of jello and bikinis. The real people behind the
scenes, coaches and trainers, they give us the same respect as
the men. They do, because they know of the work we put in, even
if it just sparring. Iím so honored that she would use me as an
platform to get this out to the world.
that concludes my questions. Do you have anything you would like
to add or say to your fans?
Heather: I am so
thankful for their support. I promise you I work sun up to sun
down to put on a good show for you.