One of the most popular females boxers in the world, particularly in her home state of New York, Heather Hardy has announced that she is going to compete in mixed-martial-arts for the first time. Hardy has been signed by the all-women promotion Invicta FC. MMAFighting confirmed the news with Invicta on Thursday.
Hardy will be competing on the next Invicta card, which takes place on Jan. 14. The bout has yet to be officially announced and she has no opponent yet.
Hardy (18-0) says she will still compete in boxing but is taking this MMA fight due to financial strain. New insurance policies in New York have had a major impact on boxing in the state, and Hardy discussed how the new costs has put her livelihood at risk in a press release from DiBella Entertainment.
"I need to make money," Hardy said. "I have no idea how I’m going to get through the rest of this year without getting paid in the last quarter. So I need to do this."
Hardy has competed at 122 and 126 lbs. in boxing and will fight at strawweight (115 lbs.) in her Invicta debut.
As for her return to the ring, Hardy plans to fight at the Barclays Center in her hometown in March. That plan adds to the likelihood that the highly-anticipated welterweight fight between Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia (scheduled for March 4.) will take place at the Barclays.