On March 21 at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York, popular hometown slugger Heather “The Heat” Hardy (8-0, 2 KOs) fires up against fellow New Yorker (Bronx) Nydia “Dha Phenomenal” Feliciano (7-4-3, 0 KOs) in an 8-round, non-title fight in the super-bantamweight division.
The 32-year-old Hardy, (5-0, 2 KOs) on her last five bouts, enters the ring just six weeks removed from a life-n-death struggle against Christina Fuentes (2-5-3) in which she earned an eight-round, split-decision victory. Hardy has an extremely large fan base in New York City that is ever-growing. During the past summer, Hardy signed a long-term deal with high-profile promoter Lou Dibella and Dibella Entertainment. That, coupled with her aggressive forward-moving style that is inherently fan-friendly, has elevated her to the top of the New York City fight scene.
With the selection of Feliciano as her next opponent, Hardy is taking a step forward in level of competition as Feliciano is undoubtedly the best fighter Hardy will have faced.
Feliciano, the IWBF bantamweight champion, a no frills, but solid boxer-puncher who is no stranger to super-bantamweight and featherweight classes having secured the USA New York State featherweight title earlier in her career. She holds wins over quality opponents Jackie Trivilino, Crystal Hoy, and Ela Nunez. She lost a closely contested fight to world ranked super-bantamweight Shelly Vincent (UD-6) and in an attempt at the IBF bantamweight title in June 2012, lost to long-time champion Yazmin Rivas (UD-10).
At first glance, her record may seem pedestrian, but all of her blemishes were dealt to her by quality opponents. She is (3-2) in her last five bouts having experienced the ten-round distance twice in that span.
It is not certain who will win, but what is certain is that this battle will be a fist-flying affair for as long as it lasts.