WOMEN’S BOXING STAR HEATHER HARDY HEADING OVER TO MMA
New York, NY (November 17th, 2016)– A popular female boxer is going to be competing in mma and boxing.
Undefeated boxing champion Heather Hardy announced Wednesday at a Showtime press conference that she will be crossing over into MMA and has signed a deal with Invicta FC, the all-women’s promotion. Invicta officials confirmed the news with MMA Fighting on Thursday.
Hardy, 34, is a perfect 18-0 in boxing and has experience in kickboxing and Muay Thai.
Hardy competes at 122lb and 126lbs in boxing. In MMA she will compete at 115lbs.
Hardy told Ring’s Mitch Abramson on Tuesday that she will be fighting for Invicta on its next card Jan. 14. No opponent has been named yet and Invicta has yet to make an official announcement.
Hardy told Ring that her decision to cross over into MMA was motivated a great deal by finances. An traumatic brain injury insurance provision installed by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), which costs promoters exponentially more money to run cards in New York than any other state, has caused the cancellation of nearly the rest of the year’s boxing schedule in her home state. Hardy is a single mom and admitted to falling behind on her rent.
“I need to make money,” Hardy said. “I have no idea how I’m going through the rest of this year without getting paid in the last quarter. So I need to do this.”
Hardy will return to boxing in March where she has a fight scheduled at The Barclays Center.
Speaking at today’s press event @barclayscenter regarding my upcoming MMA fight with @invictafc ❤️ Early next year, we’ll see #heat in the cage. SideNOTE: I AM NOT LEAVING BOXING!!!! I will be back in the boxing ring in March @barclayscenter looking to take my first crack at a world title!
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