Woman’s professional boxing is viewed in most circles as an undercard appetizer that will lead up to the main course meal, the headliner. They are not expected to make millions in the squared circle but for the most part have the best matches of the night. The reason being is because there are far less combatants so therefore the elite fight more often than their counterparts, the men.
Every now and then you’ll have female pugilists that stand out. For example, Christy Martin, Laila Ali and Ann Wolfe were female champion boxers in their respected eras. They were looked upon as prize fighters who also happened to be females that opened the doors for others who wanted to take part in the sweet science. One of those young ladies was Heather “The Heat” Hardy.
Heather Hardy is a 31 year old female fighter from Brooklyn, New York. The Irish-American Hardy’s introduction to boxing was a unique one. Hardy began taking kick boxing classes to stay in shape after a pregnancy and became good enough to join the kick boxing team at her gym. A short time later Hardy was asked to participate in boxing.
After a successful amateur career in which she won Metro, Regional, NYC Golden Gloves and National titles Hardy decided to turn pro. Campaigning as a junior featherweight Hardy made a successful professional debut in 2012, defeating Mikayla Nebel by a four round unanimous decision. As of now Hardy has a record of 6 wins, no losses and a knockout to her credit.
A documentary has been completed about Hardy’s journey into the world of boxing and her personal life. The film is currently in post production and has been accepted into the Shadow Box Film Festival in New York City. But there is one more hurdle to climb. The film needs funding for completion. That’s where we the fans come in.
Donations are currently being established for post production crew, equipment and for completion of the film.
Natasha Verma, the filmmaker who is responsible for the film project had this to say:
“Heather has such a powerful and inspirational story. She's a single mother from Brooklyn who uses boxing as a way to fight back and provide for her family. The film will give you a behind the scenes look into her life as a boxer and also a woman fighting for equality in this male-dominated sport."
Hardy is a remarkable film that needs to be seeing. A little help at the finishing line is all it needs for it can be viewed world wide. You can help fund the film by going here: http://rkthb.co/33584.
Heather Hardy's next fight will be on November 9 at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York for the UBF International junior featherweight title against Ana Laura Gomez.
About the filmmaker: Natasha Verma is a television journalist, producer and filmmaker. She has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News Austin and Yahoo! News. Verma is currently a reporter for News 12 Bronx/Brooklyn. She was born in New York City and raised in Texas. She attended the University of Texas and graduated at the age of 17 with double bachelor degrees in broadcast journalism and biology.
While at UT, she developed, produced and hosted "Good Morning Texas," a morning news talk show that became award-winning under her leadership as Executive Producer. In 2012, Verma was award Texas Student Media's "Producer of the Year" and "Entrepreneur of the Year" for her television work.
Recently she completed her master's in broadcast journalism at Columbia University in New York City.