Former women’s boxing champion Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy has called British promoter Eddie Hearn “bloody gross” after he claimed the sport could not expect equal pay due to its commercial inferiority.
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During an interview with IFLTV, Matchroom Boxing boss Hearn agreed with a tweet by professional fighter Ramala Ali claiming female fighters could not expect equal pay unless fans supported the shows they cited.
Even so, Hardy steamed into the boxing guru, interpreting his comments as placing solely on female fighters in charge of building their own careers, despite Hearn speaking at Wembley Arena this weekend for promoting a triple-headed match for women.
“This is so abusive – he literally says, ‘Girl, it’s up to you. ‘How DAMN he dares,’ Hardy yelled on Twitter. “How many of his men did he give this speech? We are sorry. I won’t let go of this. Damn gross Eddie Hearn is doing BETTER. “
This is so abusive – he literally says, “Girl, it’s up to you.” How DAMN he dares. How many of his men did he give this speech? We are sorry. I won’t let go of this. Damn gross @EddieHearn doing BETTER. https://t.co/TwfLh3L6yu
– Heather Heat Hardy (@HeatherHardyBox) November 10, 2020
Brooklynite Hardy is a 22-1 women’s boxing star who held the WBO women’s featherweight title before losing it to Amanda Serrano-famous promotion Bellator last September. The 38-year-old has long been committed to ensuring that women’s boxing receives the same coverage and financial support as men.
Despite apparently having her wish granted with a trio of female headliners on a map at the UK’s biggest boxing venue, she welcomed the news and opinion of a campaigner with as much venom as a malicious left hook.
Three fighters from Great Britain and Ireland will lead Matchroom’s Wembley card on Saturday. Terri Harper will defend her WBC and IBO super featherweight titles against the Norwegian Katharina Thanderz. The Irish Olympic champion Katie Taylor defends her uniform, light world crown in the fight against the Spaniard Miriam Gutierrez. and Rachel Ball gets a WBA bantamweight crack against Argentine Jorgelina Guanini.