Heather Hardy Retires Following ‘Brain Damage’

Heather Hardy has announced her retirement from combat sports at the age of 42.

Hardy began her career in boxing. She made her debut in 2012, remaining undefeated in her first 22 bouts. She secured her first world title, beating Shelly Vincent to claim the WBO Featherweight Belt. However, she lost her belt to Amanda Serrano in her first defense. Hardy then switched to Bellator, leaving her with a 24-3 record in boxing.

She had four fights in Bellator, with a 2-2 record. Her last appearance was a first-round TKO loss to Taylor Turner in 2019 at Bellator 222. She then took a step back from the sport, saying she was suffering from repeated concussions that left her with brain damage. She had been on course to fight Christine Ferea in BKFC on May 11 in featherweight title fight. However, she withdrew from the event and announced her retirement.


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