Heather Hardy (born 25 January, 1982) is an American professional boxer and mixed martial artist. In boxing, she held the WBO featherweight title from October 2018 to September 2019. She is also a trainer, living and working in Brooklyn, New York.
|Born||January 25, 1982|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Other names||The Heat|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||122 lb (55 kg; 8.7 st)|
|Division||Flyweight (MMA) |
|Reach||64 in (163 cm)|
|Team||Renzo Gracie Academy (2017–2019) |
Serra-Longo Fight Team (2019–present)
|Years active||Mixed Martial Arts: 2017 – present |
Boxing: 2010 – present
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Early life and familyEdit
Heather Hardy was born on January 25, 1982 to John and Linda Hardy and is of Irish descent. She has two younger siblings, Kaitlyn and Colin. Hardy had married her highschool sweetheart in 2004, but after some hard times the pair divorced in 2010. Hardy was raised in Gerritsen Beach in South Brooklyn.
While in school, Hardy was active in athletics, aspiring to become the first female pitcher for the New York Yankees. Hardy went on to major in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. She graduated at the age of 22.
Heather started boxing in 2010 when she was going through a rough patch in her life: she was working a series of miscellaneous jobs to support her daughter, sister, and nephew and finalizing a divorce with her husband who would not pay child support. Within three weeks of training, Hardy, a 28 year old rookie, had her first fight in front of an average sized audience in Long Island, and won. Even though her first fight was just meant for fun, it helped her find out that boxing was her calling.  Regarding her first time in the ring, Hardy said "I'm shy by nature, so walking to the ring was like heading to the gas chamber. I'm probably exaggerating the crowd size, but it felt like I was in the Macy's Parade. When I got to my corner, a cousin told me to pretend a tiger was dropped in the ring and only one of us was getting out alive. I pummeled that girl so bad. And for the first time in my life, I felt like something was all mine. Ever since, I've had the passion to beat up the world. I still fight that way". Shortly after, she quickly began winning other kickboxing and Muay Thai titles. Her determination and passion were soon noticed when she caught the eye of a professional trainer who offered to let her train at Gleason's Gym. Hardy began to grow in popularity on the boxing scene and soon became known for her tenacity and determination in and out of the ring. In regards to what others thought about her fame, she mockingly said "'Yeah right, who's this little blonde white girl with the braids?' They knew me quick because I started tearin' ass". Despite her newfound popularity, Hardy remains humble; she can still be found selling tickets before her fights and training clients at Gleason's. In 2016, Hardy made major strides for women's boxing by landing a televised gig on NBCSN against Shelly Vincent.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Invicta Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Hardy faced Kristina Williams in a flyweight contest at Bellator 185. She lost the bout via TKO due to a doctor stoppage in the second round after a head kick from Williams shattered her nose.
Hardy faced Taylor Turner at Bellator 222 on June 14th, 2019. She lost the fight via First Round TKO.
In the mediaEdit
Following her rise to fame, Hardy has been a persistent voice for women's boxing. In 2013, shortly after women's boxing was declared as a featured sport in the 2012 London Olympics, an independent film director named Natasha Verma tackled the subject of the gender wage gap in boxing through her film "Hardy". She interviewed Hardy on her experiences and talked about how she was changing the face of a generally male dominated sport.
On June 28, 2016, Hardy partnered with Dove on their #MyBeautyMySay campaign. They posted two videos: Beauty on your own terms, a compilation video of a variety of women including Heather, and a personalized video, called Heather's story.
Professional boxing recordEdit
|Professional record summary|
|24 fights||22 wins||1 loss|
|24||Loss||22-1 (1)||Amanda Serrano||UD||10||13 Sep 2019||Madison Square Garden Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.||Lost WBO featherweight title;|
For vacant WBAN and interim WBC featherweight title
|23||Win||22-0 (1)||Shelly Vincent||UD||10||27 Oct 2018||Madison Square Garden Theater, New York, USA||Won vacant WBO featherweight title|
|22||Win||21-0 (1)||Iranda Paola Torres||UD||8||21 Apr 2018||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA||Won NABF featherweight title|
|21||Win||20-0 (1)||Edina Kiss||UD||8||18 May 2017||Paramount Theater, Huntington, New York, USA||Retained WBC International female featherweight title|
|20||Win||19-0 (1)||Edina Kiss||UD||8||4 Mar 2017||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA||Retained WBC International featherweight title|
|19||Win||18-0 (1)||Shelly Vincent||MD||10||21 Aug 2016||Ford Amphitheater, Coney Island, New York, USA||Retained WBC International featherweight title|
|18||Win||17-0 (1)||Kirstie Simmons||UD||8||25 Jun 2016||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|17||Win||16-0 (1)||Anna Donatella Hultin||TKO||4 (8) 0:48||16 Apr 2016||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|16||Win||15-0 (1)||Noemi Bosques||UD||8||5 Dec 2015||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|15||Win||14-0 (1)||Renata Domsodi||RTD||6 (10), 2:00||1 Aug 2015||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA||Retained WBC International super bantamweight title|
|14||Win||13-0 (1)||Noemi Bosques||SD||8||29 May 2015||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|13||NC||12-0 (1)||Renata Dosmodi||NC||3 (8), 1:57||11 Apr 2015||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA||Retained WBC International super bantamweight title|
|12||Win||12-0||Elizabeth Anderson||UD||10||13 Dec 2014||BB Kings Blues Club & Grill, New York, New York, USA|
|11||Win||11-0||Crystal Hoy||MD||10||15 Oct 2014||BB Kings Blues Club & Grill, New York, New York, USA||Won vacant WBC International super bantamweight title|
|10||Win||10-0||Jackie Trivilino||TD||7 (8)||14 Jun 2014||Roseland Ballroom, New York, New York, USA|
|9||Win||9-0||Nydia Feliciano||UD||8||21 Mar 2014||Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York USA|
|8||Win||8-0||Christina Fuentes||SD||8||12 Feb 2014||Roseland Ballroom, New York, New York, USA|
|7||Win||7-0||Ana Laura Gomez||TKO||2 (10) 1:44||9 Nov 2013||Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, New York USA||Won vacant UBF International super bantamweight title|
|6||Win||6-0||Cassie Trost||TKO||4 (6) 1:30||24 Jul 2013||Roseland Ballroom, New York, New York, USA|
|5||Win||5-0||Mikayla Nebel||UD||6||4 Apr 2013||Roseland Ballroom, New York, New York, USA|
|4||Win||4-0||Peggy Maerz||UD||4||23 Jan 2013||BB Kings Blues Club & Grill, New York, New York, USA|
|3||Win||3-0||Ivana Coleman||UD||4||8 Dec 2012||Resorts World Casino, Queens, New York, USA|
|2||Win||2-0||Unique Harris||UD||4||24 Oct 2012||Roseland Ballroom, New York, New York, USA|
|1||Win||1-0||Mikayla Nebel||UD||4||2 Aug 2012||Roseland Ballroom, New York, New York, USA|
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|4 matches||2 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||2–2||Taylor Turner||TKO (punches)||Bellator 222||June 14, 2019||1||3:53||New York City, New York, United States||Catchweight (128 lbs) bout.|
|Win||2–1||Ana Julaton||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 194||February 16, 2018||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Kristina Williams||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Bellator 185||October 20, 2017||2||2:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||1–0||Alice Yauger||TKO (punches)||Bellator 180||June 24, 2017||3||4:47||New York City, New York, United States|
- Dave Doyle (June 12, 2019). "Heather Hardy discusses death threats after last Bellator fight, gym change to Serra-Longo". mmajunkie.com.
- "Superstorm Sandy Brings One Family Closer". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
- "Meet Heather "The Heat" Hardy: Pro Boxer and Single Mom". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
- "Why You Should Root For Rising Boxing Star Heather Hardy". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
- "Heather Hardy Doesn't Back Down from Any Fight | VICE Sports". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
- "Heather Hardy Doesn't Back Down from Any Fight". Fightland.
- "I'm a Fighter". ESPN.
- "Brooklyn Boxer Rises, but Her Feet Stay on the Ground". The New York Times. 4 April 2014.
- PBS Indies (2014-05-05), The Heat, retrieved 2016-08-25
- New York Daily News (2014-06-09), Heather "The Heat" Hardy, retrieved 2016-08-25
- "Heather Hardy's long struggle for women's boxing finally pays off with TV bout". Boxingjunkie. 2016-08-19. Retrieved 2016-08-25.
- "espnw - Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent bring women's boxing back to national stage". Espn.com. 2016-08-23. Retrieved 2017-02-12.
- "Elizabeth Phillips to make Invicta FC debut after Heather Hardy fight falls off card". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
- "Boxing star Heather Hardy signs with Bellator, will make MMA debut in NYC". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-06-22.
- "Bellator 180 results: Heather Hardy finishes Alice Yauger in pro debut". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
- "Heather Hardy to fight Kristina Williams at Bellator 185". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
- Tucker, Bryan. "Bellator 185 Results: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko". mmafighting.com.
- "Heather Hardy vs. Ana Julaton official for Bellator 194 – and future boxing match". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-23. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
- "Bellator 194 results: Heather Hardy outworks Ana Julaton in snoozer". MMAjunkie. 2018-02-17. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
- "18-year-old Victorian produces independent film about boxing, women's fight - Victoria Advocate". Retrieved 2016-08-25.
- Dove US (2016-06-28), Dove | Beauty on your own terms #MyBeautyMySay, retrieved 2016-08-27
- Dove US (2016-06-28), Dove | Heather's story #MyBeautyMySay, retrieved 2016-08-27