Brooklyn Boxer Takes One-Two Punch From Sandy In Stride
A boxer from Brooklyn is trying to make her way in the fighting world while recovering from the loss of not one but two homes, most recently to Hurricane Sandy. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.
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Trainer Devon Cormack works with Heather Hardy at the famous Gleason's Gym. After losing her first two amateur fights, she remembers.
"I looked at him and said I don't want to lose anymore," Hardy recalled.
The partnership has been a success, with Heather becoming a Golden Gloves and U.S. National Champion in her weight class and now undefeated in four professional bouts. But it's been a tough road for the single mom of an 8-year-old daughter. In July her Gerritsen Beach home burned down.
Months after moving in with her mother nearby, Hurricane Sandy hit, ravaging that home and the neighborhood.
"It was like a war zone, people's lives just piled up in garbage walking down the street," Hardy said.
Heather's family was able to repair the home and get back in, but the foundation will have to be replaced under new FEMA guidelines. So in about a month, everyone will be looking for a place to live again. Heather is taking it all in stride, and will likely stay with her sister.
"She joked with me and said your apartment went on fire your house was flooded, you ain't coming to my house. But I know i'll always have a place to stay," Hardy said.
Despite everything going on outside the ring, Heather remains focused inside the ring. Her goal is to become a world champion.
"I want to beat up everybody," Hardy noted.
And the people that have helped Heather along believe in her as much as she believes in herself.
"Even with the fire that she had and I saw how she came back and what she did with those situations and then after the flood I knew there was no stopping her," Cormack said.
"If you are a champion you dig in you say, 'Okay, I'm going to defeat this one and I'm going to go on and defeat the next problem.' And that's the type of person that Heather is," said Gleason's Gym Owner Bruce Silverglade.
"I always knew that I was here for something I just didn't know what it was, and I think I was made to fight," Hardy said.