‘So abusive. How f*cking DARE he!?’ Ex-boxing world champ & Bellator fighter takes aim at promoter Hearn over equal pay comments
Former women’s boxing world champion Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy has branded UK promoter Eddie Hearn “fucking gross” after the latter claimed the sport couldn’t expect equal pay due to its commercial inferiority.
Speaking during an interview with IFLTV, Matchroom Boxing chief Hearn aligned his views with a tweet from pro fighter Ramala Ali in which she claimed female fighters couldn’t expect equal pay unless fans supported the shows which they headlined.
Nevertheless, Hardy steamed into the boxing guru, interpreting his comments to mean he placed the onus solely on women fighters to build their own careers, despite Hearn speaking to promote a women’s world title fight triple-header at Wembley Arena this weekend.
“This is so abusive – he’s literally saying ‘girls, this is on you.’ How FUCKING dare he,” Hardy screeched on Twitter. “How many of his men did he give this speech to? Sorry. Won’t let this go. Fucking gross Eddie Hearn do BETTER.”
This is so abusive – he’s literally saying “girls, this is on you.”
How FUCKING dare he. How many of his men did he give this speech to?
— Heather Heat Hardy (@HeatherHardyBox) November 10, 2020
Brooklynite Hardy is a 22-1 standout of women’s boxing, having held the WBO female featherweight title before losing it to Amanda Serrano last September, and has also ventured into mixed martial arts and posted a 2-2 record in the sport, mainly with well-known promotion Bellator. The 38-year-old has long campaigned for women’s boxing to receive the same coverage and financial support as men.
Despite seemingly getting her wish with a trio of female headliners on one card at the UK’s biggest boxing venue, Hardy nevertheless greeted the news and the opinion of a fellow female fighter with as much venom as a spiteful left hook.
Three female UK and Ireland fighters will headline Matchroom’s Wembley card on Saturday; Terri Harper will defend her WBC and IBO super featherweight titles against Norwegian Katharina Thanderz; Irish Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor defends her unified lightweight world crowns in her fight with Spaniard Miriam Gutierrez; and Rachel Ball gets a crack at the WBA bantamweight belt against Argentina’s Jorgelina Guanini.