junior featherweight Heather "The
Heat" Hardy was born on January 25, 1982, and was raised
tight-knit Irish-American community of Gerittsen Beach, Brooklyn, New
York. A single mom, Hardy began taking kickboxing classes to get back
into shape after giving birth to her daughter, . She was soon asked to
the fighting team - after just three weeks of ever having laced up
a pair of gloves, she won her first kickboxing match. She went on to
win the WKA Regional Kickboxing title and was ISKA East Coast Muay Thai
champion in 2011.
Hardy gained the attention of trainer and manager Devon Cormack, (brother and trainer of WBC World Champion Alicia Ashley) and began training with him at Gleason’s Gym. After 11 months of boxing training, Hardy took silver at the 2011 NYC Golden Gloves, captured the 2011 USA Boxing Metro (125 lbs) and Regional Titles then went on to win the USA Boxing 2011 National Title.
In 2012 Hardy won the New York Daily News Golden Gloves title and was awarded the honor of "Best Female Boxer of the Tournament. Shortly after this, Hardy and Cormack together decided that she would move on to fight professionally.
Hardy's pro career started amidst a string
outside the ring. Her apartment burned down shortly
before her debut pro fight, so she and her daughter Annie moved in with
her mother, only to see the home inundated by eight feet of water from
Hurricane Sandy later that same Fall.
Heather made her pro debut on August 2, 2012 at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. She weighed in at 119 lbs and won a hard-fought four-round unanimous (38-37x3) decision over Mikayla Nebel (117 lbs) of Las Vegas, Nevada. Hardy was knocked down by a short right during the first round but she responded well by stepping up her aggression and taking the fight to Nebel the rest of the way (see video above).
On October 24, 2012, at the Roseland Ballroom, in New York, New York, Hardy (124 lbs), fought her second pro bout against Unique Harris (120 lbs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, who was making her pro debut. Hardy was cut over her right eye in the second round but she outpunched Harris to win a toe-to-toe four-round battle by a unanimous (40-36,39-37,39-37) decision.
Less than two months later, on December 8, 2012, at the Resorts World Casino, in Jamaica, New York, Hardy, 122, won her third pro fight by a four-round unanimous decision over Ivana Coleman, 123.5, of Slidell, Louisiana. Hardy was now 3-0-0 (0 KO).
On January 23, 2013, at BB King Blues Club
On April 4, 2013 at the Roseland Ballroom
in New York City, Heather Hardy (122 lbs) won a six-round unanimous
(60-53,60-54,60-54) decision in a rematch with Mikayla Nebel (123 lbs)
who fell to 0-5.
On July 24 2013 in the co-main feature at
the Roseland Ballroom in
New York City, Heather Hardy (121 lbs) won by a TKO at 1:30 in
the fourth round of a scheduled six-rounder with Cassie Trost (121 lbs)
of Seattle, Washington, USA , who fell to 1-2-1.
On November 9, 2013 at the Aviator Sports
Complex in Brooklyn, New York, Heather Hardy (122 lbs) won the vacant
UBF junior featherweight title with a TKO of Laura Gomez (124 lbs) of
Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico at 1:44 in the second round of a scheduled
eight-rounder. Gomez fell to 4-4 (0 KO's) with the loss.
Heather Hardy interview after UBF title fight
On February 12, 2014 at the Roseland
Ballroom Heather Hardy (121¾ lbs) won a hard fought eight-round split
(77-75,77-75,75-77) decision over Christina (Mandy) Fuentes (121¾ lbs)
of Laredo, Texas who fell to 2-5-3. Fuentes' paper record is deceptive
as she is a heavy hitter who had previously tested some strong
competition during her losses. She began aggressively and took the
fight to Hardy in the early rounds, but Heather's conditioning and
combinations were just enough to earn her the split.
Heather Hardy interview after Fuentes fight.
On March 21, 2014 at the Aviator Sports
Complex in Brooklyn, New York, Heather Hardy (121 lbs) won an
eight-round unanimous (79-73,78-74,78-74) decision over Nydia Feliciano
(119 lbs) of the Bronx, New York. Hardy threw plenty of
combinations to the head and body in a spirited fight while Feliciano
hung tough until the end and did her best work with a followup straight
right behind her jab in the final rounds. Hardy improved to 9-0
(2 KO's) with this win while Feliciano fell to 7-5-3 (0 KO's).
Hardy works at Gleason's Gym as a cardio and instructional boxing and kickboxing trainer between doing her own workouts there. Her web site describes her training philoshophy: "I place heavy emphasis on endurance and stamina, and using your mind to push your body past where it wants to go. Nobody in my classes stops at the last ten seconds, or quits for the last push up or we start over. Boxing is about outlasting your opponent, and I use that mindset in everything I do. I also do every exercise with my classes and students, right alongside them."
She has been promoted by Lou DiBella
Entertainment since September 2013.
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Page last updated Wednesday April 16, 2014
WBAN Boxer Bio by Dee Williams
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