World titles still on “Candy Man’s” mind

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By Avenash Ramzan

 

Despite suffering his maiden loss in an otherwise unblemished career, USA-based Guyanese pugilist Simeon “Candy Man” Hardy still has his mind set on donning a world title belt around his waist.

 

Hardy, who has developed a reputation of being a knockout specialist, suffered the first defeat of his young career in February 2015 when American Vito Gasparyan walked away with a Unanimous Decision win.

 

“My plan is to achieve the same goals I’ve been dreaming about since a boy or since I’ve turned pro- World championships titles,” Hardy told News Room during an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

Candy Man
Simeon “Candy Man” Hardy

“For the last 15 months I’ve been inactive from the ring yes, but that’s just a pit stop. I’ve been training and perfecting my craft.”

 

Currently, Hardy’s record stands at 13 wins, 10 by way of knockout, and a solitary defeat. While the loss has been a setback, there were positives that Hardy took away from the contest.

 

“Losing for me was more of a physical challenge than physiological. I’m not a sore loser; I lost a fight, but not my passion or drive for this. Losing at this stage taught me a vital lesson of life outside the ring that an actual physical fight,” Hardy explained.

 

He continued, “Before I set foot into the ring my health must be either 100 percent or very close to that. Unlike my last fight, I went into that with several injuries which I should have paid attention too before making career decisions. I’m healthy now and surely ready to head directly to the top as promised…no more pit stops.”

 

When the 29-year-old Hardy left Guyana in December 2012, he had already racked up an impressive 10-0 record, his last win being against the much heralded Howard “Battersea Bomber” Eastman.

 

Quizzed whether his plans have worked out since migrating, Hardy responded, “Definitely I migrated with intent to pursue these goals [winning world titles] and nothing will ever go as planned, but we make adjustments in life and overcome adversities. Excuses are useless…that’s who I am…I define resilience.”

 

Since his arrival in the US, Hardy had chalked up consecutive knockout wins over Chad Greenleaf, Rahman Mustafa Yusubov and Malcolm Terry before the defeat to Gasparyan.

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