Undefeated Heather Hardy Raring To Go In Upcoming Barclays Fight
After a no-contest decision due to an accidental head-butt she delivered to her opponent Renata Domsodi (11-6, 4 KOs) in the third round of her bout last month at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Heather Hardy is ready to return to the boxing ring.
The Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn native will take on Florida’s Noemi “NoNo” Bosques (8-2-2) on Friday, May 29th at the same arena, on the Khan-Algieri undercard.
The outcome of her last fight left Hardy (12-0-2) with a bad taste in her mouth. She believed she was on her way to victory, but things happened.
Not one to let it get her down, Hardy jumped right back into training the following day. Now, she’s kicking it up a notch, fiercely preparing for her super bantamweight battle.
“I was winning my last fight. I was getting ready to knock this girl out, and then the head-butt stopped it prematurely,” Hardy recalled at Gleason’s Gym in DUMBO last week. “I had this unfished feeing after the last one. It was almost like a sparring session. I was back in the gym the next day, training.”
As for the bout against Bosques, Hardy, 33, believes it will be her most talked about fight to date.
“This is probably my biggest fight so far,” Hardy said. “There’s a lot of buzz in women’s boxing. I am fighting a number two girl; she’s a number two (ranked) bantamweight. I’m really excited.”
Hardy’s trainer, Devon Cormack sees the matchup as a win-win situation for the both of them, saying Bosques is a solid adversary, with just about the same amount of ring time as his pupil.
“Heather’s opponent is a good boxer. I’ve seen them pretty much on the same path,” Cormack said. “Heather entered boxing around the same time as Noemi started. They’re about evenly match in the sense of experience. It’s good exposure for both of them. It’s a nice setup for women’s boxing.”
Hardy admitted that she doesn’t watch footage of her foes. She just uses her train-hard-work-on-technique approach for each bout. It’s a philosophy she shares with Cormack, who’s more concerned with an opponent’s experience level rather than the fighter’s style.
“Today was the first time I looked at anything that the girl did,” Cormack said. “So I am really not worried about what an opponent does too much. I am really worried more about how long a person has been boxing. If they have that experience, I need to know if they changed from 20 years ago to last year.
“More and more as the fights go on, she knows that we work on technique,” he continued. “She needs to do the work, and not focus on somebody and their technique, or what they do. And just get better overall with her boxing.”