WNYC Risking Everything to Go Pro Friday, February 10, 2012 “I want to be a world champion,” she said at her new home in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn. And she wants to make a living doing it.
Hardy fights at 125 pounds. Her eyes are yellow and blue, her hair is dirty blond. She’s 29 years old. She’s only been boxing a few years and, last year, she became a national champion in the amateurs.
She trains and works at Gleason’s gym – open since 1937 and known for the long list of champions who started there. Gleason’s was a leader in allowing women into the gym to box in the early '80s.
The walls of owner Bruce Silverglade’s office are plastered with historic photographs. On a recent morning he pointed to a picture of the first group of women to train there. He says he saw they wanted to box – saw they’d pay money to do it – so he closed down the gym for them two nights a week.
“It’s a big gym, big name, so when we do something people follow what we do,” Silverglade said. “I think we were very instrumental in helping the women’s movement.”
Listen to the story above to hear why Heather Hardy is so set on going pro, and whether – as a mother of a 7-year old – she thinks about the likelihood of ending up with a brain injury. You’ll also learn why four-time world champion Alicia Ashley has trouble getting a fight in New York and why trainer and promoter Tommy Gallagher says women’s boxing “is a disgrace.” http://www.wnyc.org/articles/wnyc-news-2/2012/feb/10/risking-everything-go-pro/