DiBella Female Fight Card on UFC Fight Pass and More News
By David A. Avila
Brooklyn’s Heather “the Heat” Hardy travels to the south where she meets Canada’s Jessica Camara in a lightweight clash that is one of four female prize fights.
Hardy, a former featherweight world champion, moves up to the lightweight division and will lead a DiBella Entertainment fight card on Friday May 14, that will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
Lou DiBella, the head of DiBella Entertainment, has long been gathering up many of the best female prizefighters in the East Coast that includes Hardy. Once again the New York-based promoter showcases some of that talent, but this time the Broadway Boxing series fight card will be held at Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Because of the pandemic, DiBella decided to move his Broadway Boxing series to the south.
Hardy (22-1) jumps up two weight divisions to the 135-pound lightweight ranks where she will fight Camara (7-2) in an eight-round fight at Embassy Suites Nashville SE in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
It’s been almost two years since Hardy’s last fight that took place against fellow Brooklyn fighter Amanda Serrano in a torrid scrap. Though she lost to the pound for pound great, Hardy realized that fighting as a 126-pound featherweight was no longer feasible.
Camara fights out of Montreal and started out as a welterweight before settling into the lightweight division. She has solid experience and is expected to provide fireworks in her match with Hardy on Friday. She has fought twice in the U.S. and recently signed with American manager Brian Cohen.
Also participating on the same fight card is lightweight contender Melissa St. Vil (13-4-4) who fights former world champion Olivia Gerula (18-18-2) in another eight-round clash.
St. Vil challenged Delfine Persoon for the WBC lightweight title back in 2019 but was unsuccessful, She bounced back with wins over Dahiana Santana and Jessica Camara since then. The Brooklyn-based fighter has a fierce reputation and has traveled all over the world to compete including in China. Few fighters are as entertaining or accessible as St. Vil.
Gerula, 42, formerly held the WBC super featherweight world title back in 2009 when she defeated Jelena Mrdjenovich in a battle between Canadians. She successfully defended the title twice before losing to Frida Wahlberg in back to back efforts. Gerula has been fighting professionally since 1997 and has fought many of the best.
Another eight rounder features former amateur standout Mikiah Kreps. She was recently signed by DiBella Entertainment and will be fighting Alex Love in an eight-round bantamweight bout. Kreps is co-managed by Jerry Casarez and current super featherweight world titlist Jamel Herring.
“She’s very popular in the upstate New York area and our team will work with Jamel and Jerry to expand her popularity as we help to provide the biggest opportunities for her career,” said DiBella.
Kreps, 24, formerly won the National Golden Gloves in 2014 and 2017 in her division and last October was victorious in her pro debut by knockout in Tijuana, Mexico.
A fourth female prize fight pits pro debuting welterweights Stevie Jane Coleman and Kelsey Wickstrum in a four-round bout.
The hand re-injury to WBC super featherweight titlist Terri Harper forced a cancellation of the unification clash against Korea’s Hyun Mi Choi the WBA super featherweight titlist set for this Saturday.
It was a heartbreaking casualty for Harper and for boxing fans all over.
Choi has been preparing for this clash in Southern California and seemed in great form to compete against England’s Harper. It was yet another pitfall for the pseudo super featherweight tournament put together by Matchroom Boxing who promote Harper and Choi along with France’s Maiva Hamadouche the IBF titlist.
The fourth world titleholder Mikaela Mayer holds the WBO version and is tentatively set to fight next month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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On Friday May 14, lightweights Heather Hardy (22-1) and Jessica Camara (7-2) meet eight rounds at Murfreesboro, Tenn. Also, lightweights Melissa St. Vil (13-4-4) and Olivia Gerula (18-18-2) meet eight rounds; bantamweights Mikiah Kreps (1-0) and Alex Love (3-0) meet eight rounds; and welterweights Stevie Jane Coleman (0-0) and Kelsey Wickstrum (0-0) meet four rounds. UFC Fight Pass will stream the card.
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