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Heather Hardy outslugs Shelly Vincent to win WBO featherweight crown

MMA fighter and featherweight boxer Heather Hardy (22-0-0, 4 KOs) racked up another decision win Oct. 27 with a rematch victory over rival Shelly Vincent (23-2-0, 1 KO) at the MSG Theatre in New York City.

“The Heat,” worked the body in the early going, mixing in some uppercuts that “Shelito’s Way” had trouble defending. After encountering some resistance from Vincent in the middle rounds, Hardy fought from the outside to keep the charging Vincent away in the championship rounds.

The judges scored it 97-93, 97-93, and 99-91 for Hardy.

Hardy landed 206 of 622 (33%) of her punches, with 154 of 353 (44%) of those power punches. Vincent connected on 148 of 683 (22%) of her punches, with 134 of 494 (27%) of those power shots. Hardy racked up 62 body shots compared to 15 for Vincent.

The victory is the 16th consecutive for Hardy and she is now the WBO featherweight champion. She defeated Vincent in 2016 via majority decision.

Hardy appeared on Sirius XM radio two days later and in an interview stated she would not entertain any boxing fights unless they were for the world title.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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