Heather Hardy was the better ring general in her undercard scrap at Barclays Center Saturday night, using power rights and adept defense to get the UD nod over Detroit/Coloradan Kirstie Simmons after eight rounds.
She said after it took her a few rounds to get untracked but then got into a mode. The right hand worked for her, she said, and over all, she was happy with the effort. She'd like to come back and fight on the next Barclays card next month, she told NYF.
And she thinks it is time, at 17-0, to get a title shot. “It's time,” she stated, reiterating that it is high time a TV programmer put that bout or one like it on a premium slot.
Hardy was busy in the first, as per usual. A hard right landed late on Simmons. In the second, the Lou Dibella promoted HH dipped and ripped, stalked the lefty, landed sharp lead rights. Body work for Hardy landed late. She had fun in the third, dropped the hands, boogied some with her feet. In the fourth, Hardy was backing Simmons up, throwing combos, in complete control.
In the fifth, Simmons charged forward. Then Hardy got aggressive, backed her up. The right hand worked well for the Brooklyn boxer. The lefty had slower hands and less seasoning again in round six. To the seventh round, we saw Hardy slip and rip, dodge a punch them slam an answer. To the eighth…Hardy showed flair having fun, dropping the hands, crouching, then exploding with an arching right. She came from underneath, popped from all angles, mixed it up, waited for the cards.