Hardy earned her first professional title with the win (Photo by Ed Diller, DiBella Entertainment).
Ringside Report by Resolution Sports
Heather Hardy (7-0, 2) vs. Laura Gomez (4-4)
In her first professional championship bout, hometown favorite Heather “Heat” Hardy stopped her second consecutive opponent to earn the UBF International Junior Featherweight Title via a second round TKO. In typical Hardy fashion, the pace was constant and frantic as soon as the opening bell signaled the start of the fight. The Brooklyn native fed her Mexican counterpart punches in bunches, never allowing her a single moment to find any space or catch her breath. Gomez was able to withstand one frame of the onslaught, but she would not make it out of the second round. After Hardy continued to overwhelm Gomez, also causing some good damage along the way, the referee in charge felt he had seen enough, waving off the bout at the 1:44 mark of the second frame.
With the TKO stoppage, Hardy left the ring as the new UBF International Junior Featherweight Champion.
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