US boxer Heather Hardy blasts 'blatantly disgustingly bad' gender pay gap ahead of Serrano fight

Heather Hardy is an unbeaten world champion boxer yet still needs a full time job to provide for her daughter (PA Images)
15:36pm, Mon 09 Sep 2019
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World champion boxer Heather Hardy has hit out at the gender pay gap within the sport ahead of her clash with Amanda Serrano.

The unbeaten fighter, who also competes in mixed martial arts, has to work full time as a personal trainer alongside her work as a boxer in order to provide for her 15-year-old daughter.

The WBO featherweight champion is fighting Puerto Rican Serrano on September 15. The fighter is set to make between $50,000 and $100,000 from the bout.

The American said: “You don’t go in and fight someone like Amanda Serrano for pennies. 

“They’ve got to pay me, right? So it’s OK what I’m making. I’m not making six figures, if that’s what you’re asking, but it is a step in the right direction.

"Am I making anywhere near what a guy who is 22-0 fighting a seven-time world champion would be making? Hell no. Hell no! Nowhere near it, but it’s a decent paycheck. I ain’t complaining."

In comparison, the men's current world champion Deontay Wilder is thought to have earned £9.5 million from his last fight against Dominic Breazeale. 

Hardy said: “We’re heading in the right direction. In most professions, women are making 80 cents on the dollar. The pay gap in my sport is just blatantly disgustingly bad. But it’s a pay gap in all occupations across the country and it’s going to be a constant fight for women, and not just in boxing.”

Hardy is set to face Serrano on Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York. The official broadcaster is DAZN but it is available to stream online.