Photos by William Thomas, Recap by Nat Wilkins, Brooklyn, NY, 12/6/15–It was a long wait, but proved worthwhile for Heather Hardy fans last night at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. In a swing bout that had a shot at TV, but ended up non-televised after the main event, Hardy defeated Noemi Bosques of Florida with a unanimous decision win in an 8-rounder. By the judges’ scorecards (80-72, 80-72 and 79-73), Hardy only gave up one round to Bosques.
What I witnessed was consistent with what the judges scored. Hardy, now 15-0, looked like a more refined and strategic fighter than the first time she faced Bosques. She exhibited craftier defense and a more varied offense, showing herself as far less prone to being caught by Bosques’ damaging overhand punches.
Meanwhile, Noemi just wasn’t on. Whether Hardy’s five pound weight differential over Bosques (at the weigh in) may have psyched Bosques out, or amplified Hardy’s natural strength advantage is impossible to say. What’s certain is that Bosques can definitely bring a stronger fight than she did last night.
Both of these women are respected pillars of the community who give back to kids in need and are single mothers. They are both great warriors who deserve respect for their contributions. Congratulations to The First Lady of Dibella Entertainment, Heather “The Heat” Hardy, still undefeated. And to Noemi Bosques, you have earned and will keep our respect.
Now, let’s get some TV going for women’s boxing.
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