On “Q” Sports recently had the pleasure of speaking with up-and-coming boxer Heather “The Heat” Hardy, who is quickly making a name for herself in the ring for her aggressive style and talent. The 32-year-old Hardy is prepping for her upcoming main event bout against a very tough Nydia Feliciano on a stacked Broadway Boxing card, which will take place March 21st at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York
Hardy took some time out of her busy day to talk about her career, being called out ringside and the state of female Boxing.
Rich: How is training coming along for you?
Heather: “Training is going really well, very intense. I found out about this fight my last fight, so I was in the gym right away and the pace has really just continued.”
Rich: Do you ever work on different things knowing who your opponent is going to be, or you just worry about getting better each and every bout?
Heather: “We are really focused on me improving. It is an all-around kind of thing, my training does not change, even on off months, it does not change.”
Rich: You turned pro about a year or so ago, and you didn’t have a long amateur career, but it was very productive. Seems like after one year into your pro career, you are already hitting your stride.
Heather: “Well, thank you, yeah I had about 25 amateur fights. When I first walked into Gleason’s Gym and I met Devon I told him I wanted to beat up all the girls in the world at 125 (laughing). Just one year and half later, I won eight titles including the USA Boxing Nationals and the NY Golden Gloves.”
Rich: They say the best work a boxer can get is to be in there with the best, learn on the fly and adapt.
Heather: “Yeap, I agree. I sparred with some great boxers who have taught me so much. Alicia Ashley, she is a 4x time world champion in my weight class, and there is no better measure then being in with the best. I am very focused right now. I might have a fight and then be in the gym the next day working on something. People finally have up telling me to go home and rest because I do not need rest. I want to get better. I hate wasting hours of the day. I will train hard all the time even if I am exhausted, I’ll still be in the gym watching and learning something.”
Rich: After you won your last fight which was against Christina Fuentes, you had an interesting moment when you were being interviewed. You got called out ringside by another boxer Shelly Vincent. What was that all about?
Heather: “She (Vincent) just comes to run her mouth for the cameras. Listen you want to fight me, go through the proper channels, have your promoter call my promoter and we can make it happen. Anything outside that is a side show for her fans and the cameras. Until her manager contacts my promoter, she is non-existent to me. My focus right now is 100% on my next opponent.”
Rich: You didn’t engage her at all, which was the smart move.
Heather: “At the end of the day is it all BS, she is looking for attention. She’s just a bunch of noise. She’ll get my attention when she contacts my promoter. Until then it’s all a show.”
Rich: Talk about being signed under DiBella Boxing.
Heather: “Lou is just a pleasure and it was an honor to be signed as part of his team. He is a true supporter of women’s boxing and I couldn’t ask for a better promoter in my corner moving forward.”
Rich: How can female boxing continue to grow and gain more fans and get you guys more exposure?
Heather: “If you look at MMA female fighters are gaining more respect and notoriety across the board because they are being promoted by the UFC. They are awarded prime time slots on big cards for fans to see, they are given airtime. We need the sanctioning bodies, the promoters, and the fans of boxing to help people see that the women are out here putting on awesome shows too. Give us a chance”.
Rich: So female boxing in your eyes is not being promoted enough?
Heather: “Yes, female boxing is not promoted. So looking good, and winning is not just our job, it is also our job to make a case for ourselves and to let everyone know we are here and we can put on a good show and put asses in the seats.”
Rich: “You have a stiff test coming up against Nydia Feliciano. What do you know about her?
Heather: “She is really good, a current world champion. I have respect for her, and her camp. They are good people who work hard and her coach is on point- he creates champions, no doubt about that.”
Rich: Any adjustments being made for this fight?
Heather: “We tend to just focus on making me a better boxer then adjusting more to an opponent, one thing that makes a good boxer is a boxer that can adjust. I feel strong and ready for this test.”
Rich: What is the game plan for you in 2014, how often would you like to fight?
Heather: “In a perfect world, in 2014 I would be in that ring every six to eight weeks, one week to rest and seven weeks to train. I just want to stay busy, make some money, win big and enjoy it that would be heaven.”
Rich: Every boxer has some type of code they live by, I guess a rule of life. Do you have one?
Heather: “I try to take my life and fight one day at a time. The current focus is on Nydia and my match in two days, but the big picture? I want to be on a huge card, HBO Showtime, Showbox, the major boxing networks….I see big things ahead for me.”
Rich Quinones is an award winning broadcaster and the lead blow-by-blow Boxing voice for GFL.tv and Go Fight Live’s Boxing on Comcast. He has sat ringside calling the action with Monte Barrett, Brian Adams, Amir Mansour, Danny Garcia, James Kirkland, Mark Breland and Ronnie Shields, while broadcasting over 90 bouts for GFL in 2013-2014.