(AUG 18) New York, NY – On
Sunday, August 21, undefeated rising star Errol “The Truth”
Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) is set to take on once-beaten
contender Leonard “The Lion” Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) in a
12-round welterweight world title eliminator that headlines
Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC Sunday, August 21 from
Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn.
The action on NBC begins at 5
p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT following coverage of the Olympic Men’s
Basketball Gold Medal Game. While much of focus and buildup to
the event has been on the 2012 U.S. Olympian Spence Jr., there
is another fight on the card that has the boxing world buzzing
with anticipation and that is the WBC International Women’s
featherweight championship between Brooklyn’s Heather “The Heat”
Hardy and her longtime rival Shelly “Shelito’s Way” Vincent, of
If you are a fan of women’s boxing, there is no bigger fight
that can be made in the sport right now. Hardy (17-0) and
Vincent (18-0), both world-rated and undefeated, have been
baiting and verbally accosting each other for years. There is a
legitimate hatred between the two that will surely not subside
after they share the ring on August 21st.
Vincent began appearing at Hardy’s fights at Roseland Ballroom,
which has since closed down, calling out the former amateur
national and New York Golden Gloves champion, dating back to
2012, and the two have been going at it ever since.
A longtime supporter of women’s boxing, and promoter of Hardy
since her pro debut, Lou DiBella knew how big this fight could
be not just for women’s boxing but for boxing in general. Hardy
is one of the biggest draws in all of New York, while Vincent
has an extensive fan base throughout the New England area. So
when DiBella signed Vincent at the beginning of this year,
potential for the bout to finally happen picked up major steam.
The two nearly came to blows at Vincent’s DBE debut in January
at BB King Blues Club in NYC, and would have agreed to fight
anywhere, any time, if it were up to them. DiBella, though, knew
they deserved more. Their fight deserved the proper platform,
and the proper stage to showcase this long talked about, and
eagerly anticipated fight.
“This fight needed to be on TV, given everything these girls
have been through, for how hard they have worked to get to this
point, and for how long the buildup to this fight has been. My
job as their promoter was to make sure that the fight was
televised,” said DiBella.
Enter PBC and NBCSN. Since its inception in March of last year,
Premier Boxing Champions has brought boxing back to the
forefront, accessible to mainstream sports fans, providing
coverage of some of boxing’s biggest fights, televised live, for
free and in primetime on major cable networks CBS, NBC, and FOX.
Now, on August 21st, the ladies will finally have their shot.
The Hardy-Vincent bout, which will serve as the co-main event on
the NBCSN telecast, will air in primetime starting at 9 p.m. ET.
“I was given the opportunity by PBC to put this bout on NBCSN
and I think that’s a big thing for women’s boxing to get the
opportunity to have a fight like this on television. Hopefully
this is going to open the door for more females to have these
types of opportunities, because they deserve it. They deserve to
have the opportunity and the ability to continue to grow in a
sport that for centuries has been dominated by males. This is a
major step in that direction,” continued DiBella.
DiBella held a media luncheon for Hardy and Vincent last week to
officially announce the bout, and while the two women were
respectful and civil for the most part, there was definitely a
tension in the air. Now, with just a little over a week to go
until fight night, both Hardy and Vincent are more than ready to
put on a show.
“This fight is a long time coming,” said Hardy. “Shelly has been
very vocal about how I’m not good enough, I’m not strong enough,
and I’m not smart enough. I stayed quiet though, minding my own
business and going about my career, because my mother taught me
never to wrestle with a pig. She said that if you wrestle with a
pig, you’ll both get dirty and that’s what the pig wants. Come
fight night, she will be forced to eat every word she has ever
said about me. It’ll just be me and her alone in that ring, and
she has nowhere to run, no mask to hide behind and nothing more
to say. We will see who the real champion is on August 21.”
Hardy continued, “I am very thankful to the PBC and especially
to Lou for everything that he’s done to make this fight happen.
I know it wasn’t easy and he put up a hell of a fight to get
this bout televised. In 2016, it’s not acceptable for doors to
still be closed to women. It’s my responsibility, as the parent
of a young girl, to fight for her and for every little girl
banging away at a punching bag in the boxing gym with dreams of
fighting on the biggest stages throughout the world. We deserve
the chance to showcase ourselves, and on August 21, we finally
have our moment.”
“I have wanted this fight for so long, it’s all I have thought
about. I wanted this as bad as I have wanted to bring my mother
back to life,” said Vincent. The hype, the attitude, all the
talk is almost over. This is going to be a great fight. Everyone
says Lou signed me to use me as an opponent for her, but I know
that’s not the case. She wants to be called “The Heat” well I am
telling you right now, she’s about to walk through hell. I know
how hard that is, because I have been there before in life. I
have been fighting my entire life. When I get in the ring,
that’s fun for me. Heather has improved in the last couple of
years, because she has been training for me. She knows that she
has to be her absolute best to beat me, and I know that she will
be, unfortunately for her, it still won’t matter. I want to
thank PBC and NBCSN and of course Lou, for giving us a chance,
an opportunity that we have been fighting for, for years. This
fight is huge for women’s boxing as a whole. This is an
opportunity of hope. Hope for all those young girls out there in
the world training day in and day out, dreaming of making it
big. This fight is history, and I am happy to be a part of it.”
Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by DiBella
Entertainment and presented by BROOKLYN BOXING™, start at $35.
Tickets can be purchased online by visiting
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