Heather Hardy/Photo courtesy of DiBella Entertainment
Heather Hardy and Shelly Vincent don’t like each other. On Aug. 21 – they’ll get the chance to do something about that mutual discord when the undefeated contenders square off in a 10-round featherweight bout from Coney Island in New York City (on NBC Sports Network).
Hardy, of Brooklyn, is 17-0. Vincent, of Providence, R.I., is 18-0. Their unblemished records are on the line, but that doesn’t seem to be the most important thing to them. Rather, that would be teeing off on the other.
“I really can’t wait to punch Shelly right in the face,” Hardy said this week. “… Shelly started her career a little bit before me. She started showing up at my fights with all these antics from almost my pro debut and talking about wanting to fight me.
“It was inappropriate at the time, but then she signed with (promoter) Lou (DiBella) and we’ve both developed in our careers. Hats off to her, it worked. I’m ready to brawl.”
Vincent is equally anxious to throw down with her rival.
“I can’t wait to get in there and hit Heather,” she said. “She thinks there’s no pop in my punches, but she’ll be surprised on fight night. Heather and I really just don’t like each other. I’ve tried to make this fight for years and she wouldn’t take the fight.
“I’ve seen her lose some of these fights. I don’t believe she’s undefeated. I feel like she’s avoiding me.”
Hardy is ranked No. 1 by the WBC at super bantamweight. Vincent is No. 7 at featherweight. They will square off underneath the welterweight main event between Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) and Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs), which will be on NBC.