Heather Hardy talks about a boxer's sacrifice in making weight
Jun 12 2014 8:40 PM
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Heather Hardy will take on Jackie Trivilino on the debut of professional women's boxing at Barclays Center on June 14 as part of the Provodnikov vs. Algieri showdown.

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The Shadow says:

I really enjoyed this interview. I'd love to hear more in-depth interviews about the weight-cutting process. It seems to me that boxing is so riddled with unhealthy change-resistance, a troubling proclivity — if not stubborn refusal — to evolve.

Training, weight-shedding, regimens are all almost identical to the way they were 100 years ago, which is preposterous.

The UFC guys are light years ahead of the boxing in terms of training methods, conditioning and cutting weight. Either way, this is a nice topic, an under-illuminated one, as Michael points out, that would really benefit fight fans to know.

I for one could never understand how guys were supposedly the same weight yet looked so different in size. Then I learned about unofficial weights, which I didn't understand either.

I wondered, “how the hell can one gain 10 pounds in one day when it would take me three months to gain lifting weights and eating like a madman?”

Then I learned about dehydration, rehydration and weight cuts — and then realized how little the boxing public, and particularly casual fans, must know about this.

This is a great topic. More of this, please.

Shoot, I might just start looking into that myself!

P.S. Heather is cute!

The Commish says:

I forgot to add, in my post about Heather in our more heavily-trafficked Sweet Science Forum, about Heather's sexiness. On my show and in-studio with Gerry Cooney & me, I told Heather I regarded her to be boxing's version of Ronda Rousey, the attractive, sweet-on-the-outside, but a killer-on-the-inside champion.

“I am flattered you think that,” she said to me, “and I am flattered so many other people think that, too. But I really don't see myself as anything special. I am just another fighter who is always willing to give 100% of everything inside myself. I want to be the best and will go all out to get to the top.”

That's why tomorrow, I will be going to the Barclay's center with my wife, who has become friends with Heather, sitting ringside. I will be there–not as a journalist or as The Commish–but as Heather's friend and fan. It will be fun watching my wife yell, scream, cheer and root her friend to what we hope will be another victory.

Heather “The Heat” Hardy truly can fight.

Oh, and Shadow–yes, she is cute. I will tell her you said so!!

-Randy G.

oubobcat says:

I wish her fight were being televised on some venue. I have been hearing some really good things about her. Hopefully with an impressive performance in front of a lot of the members of the boxing media will get enough buzz going to get her bouts televised in the not so distant future.

The Shadow says:

[QUOTE=The Commish;55314]I forgot to add, in my post about Heather in our more heavily-trafficked Sweet Science Forum, about Heather's sexiness. On my show and in-studio with Gerry Cooney & me, I told Heather I regarded her to be boxing's version of Ronda Rousey, the attractive, sweet-on-the-outside, but a killer-on-the-inside champion.

“I am flattered you think that,” she said to me, “and I am flattered so many other people think that, too. But I really don't see myself as anything special. I am just another fighter who is always willing to give 100% of everything inside myself. I want to be the best and will go all out to get to the top.”

That's why tomorrow, I will be going to the Barclay's center with my wife, who has become friends with Heather, sitting ringside. I will be there–not as a journalist or as The Commish–but as Heather's friend and fan. It will be fun watching my wife yell, scream, cheer and root her friend to what we hope will be another victory.

Heather “The Heat” Hardy truly can fight.

Oh, and Shadow–yes, she is cute. I will tell her you said so!!

-Randy G.[/QUOTE]

Awesome! And yes, she is very marketable. Ronda Rousey is a good analogy, though Heather seems bit more likable, based on what I'm seeing here. (I like Rousey but I see why she draws jeers with her mean, in-your-face attitude when she gets ready for combat.)

And I love her response to your comments. She's flattered and appreciative yet all that matters is her drive, focus and determination to be the best in her field. I love that. Seems like a really cool person. I wish her well.

And please let us know how she does. I checked her record, she's undefeated. Does she have a chance to become champion?

And yes, you can tell her Shadow said it! Also tell her I'll be following her from now on. I'm excited about her.