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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

No Holds Barred: Heather Hardy, on The WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 


 On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of the WAAR Room and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the WAAR Sports YouTube page.

Our guest was Heather "The Heat" Hardy.

We spoke with her by Zoom Sunday, January 23.

Heather "The Heat" Hardy, 22-2, returns to the ring on March 12th as the opponent against British fighter, Terri Harper, 11-1-1. Both are coming into the ring at lightweight after tough losses. Hardy concedes her last outing was less than stellar, but she feels a renewed sense of love for the sport of boxing and an excitement at the prospect of her first overseas adventure. She’s also looking forward to fight week and all the attendant media attention, something she has missed in the era of the pandemic. As she turns 40, Hardy reflects on the arc of her career, one that she started at the age of 28, but is neither ready to hang up her gloves, nor her place as an advocate for equity in the sport she loves. She may well be taking things one fight at a time, but it also mean she can be in love with boxing again.

The place of women's boxing also remains problematic, especially in the United States, where companies such as Al Haymon's Premier Boxing Champions seemingly refuse to put women's bouts on fight cards. This weekend was a case in point -- it came and went without women's boxing battle on a major outlet.

The PBC/Showtime Boxing broadcast did, otherwise, provide an excellent card headlined by Gary Russell, Jr., who lost his long time WBC featherweight title to Philippine fighter, Mark Magsayo. Russell, who had a torn ligament in his shoulder, fought one-handed for much of the fight, but still tried every pro trick in the book to keep his opponent at bay.

WAAR Room's Eddie Goldman also talked about latest No Holds Barred Patreon Page story, "Don King, Trevor Bryan, and A Return to Yesterday," and what that might mean for the cruiserweight and heavyweight divisions going forward.

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

"Don King, Trevor Bryan, and A Return to Yesterday" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


My latest piece, "Don King, Trevor Bryan, and A Return to Yesterday", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

"Teach The Children About Andrew Jennings" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


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Sunday, January 16, 2022

No Holds Barred: Claressa Shields, on The WAAR Room with Chris Baldwin and Malissa Smith 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman once again spoke with our colleagues Chris Baldwin of the WAAR Room and Malissa Smith of Girlboxing on the WAAR Room. A video of this discussion has also been posted on the WAAR Sports YouTube page.

Our guest was one of the top boxers in the world, multi-divisional champion Claressa Shields (11-0, 2 KOs). She is the first boxer in the four-belt era to be an undisputed world champion in two weight classes.

We spoke with her by Zoom Thursday, January 13.

On February 5, Claressa Shields is scheduled to defend her three middleweight belts against challenger Ema Kozin (21-0-1, 11 KOs). This fight will take place in Cardiff, Wales, in the U.K., and is the co-main event to the long-awaited middleweight fight between Chris Eubank Jr. and Liam Williams. In the U.K., it will be shown on Sky Sports. In the U.S. and Canada, it will be on pay-per-view on FITE.TV and PPV.com, and also on cable, satellite, and telco providers.

We discussed with her what she knows about Kozin and how she will approach this fight; how she hopes to fight in a few months against her nemesis, WBO champ Savannah Marshall; how she feels about this being her first pro fight outside the U.S. and in the U.K.; her reaction to several major American TV and streaming networks not featuring her championship fights; and more.

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Saturday, January 08, 2022

"Waiting For The Heavyweights, January 2022 Edition" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


My latest piece, "Waiting For The Heavyweights, January 2022 Edition", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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Monday, January 03, 2022

"Will 2022 Be A Happy Heavyweight New Year?" on No Holds Barred Patreon Page 


 My latest piece, "Will 2022 Be A Happy Heavyweight New Year?", is up on the No Holds Barred Patreon page.

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