American MMA and boxing star Heather Hardy has hit out at boxing promoter Eddie Hearn for comments over women’s pay.
Hearn is putting on a triple-header women’s world title fight card this Saturday with Katie Taylor, Terri Harper and Rachel Ball all in action.
Though Hearn has suggested that, even though they are world title fights, women will not be paid as much as men are for the same event.
Hearn had told iFL TV : "Ramla Ali put out a great tweet today that said, 'We cannot expect equal pay if the commercial value of the fight isn't the same'.
"So please all support this show on November 14, tune in, subscribe and really get involved.
"It's history making, it's a women's world championship triple-header with three male fights underneath.
"And no one's doing more for women's boxing than Matchroom, we just have to keep pushing and pushing.
"But ultimately we have to change world championship fights from the commercial equivalent of a British or European men's fight, to the same commercial value and credibility as a [world championship] men's fight.
"And then we can really start moving forward."
Hardy held the WBO featherweight title from 2018 to 2019 having also impressed in the Octagon at Bellator.
And she was not agreeing with Hearn’s comments, taking to social media to explain her view.
She tweeted: "This is so abusive - he’s literally saying 'girls, this is on you'.
"How F****** dare he. How many of his men did he give this speech to?
"Sorry. Won’t let this go. F****** gross Eddie Hearn do BETTER."
She added: "He’s literally paying the girls garbage making them feel 'thankful' for the opportunity. That’s hardly carrying anything if worth on his 'back'."
Fans had responded to Hardy, saying Hearn had done a lot for women in the sport, though she again hit back.
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Hardy tweeted: "Leave it to about 200 angry triggered dudes to jump out and try to 'school' me on the business of boxing… as if I haven’t embedded every minute of my life for the last ten years on the business of boxing.
"Y’all don’t want to hear what I have to say unless I’m saying it in a bikini."