Sisters bring home the title
By KEVIN ECKLEBRERRY
It’s an unstoppable sister act.
Sisters Dymond and Shamiracle Hardaway, along with their father and trainer Randy Hardaway, traveled to Kansas City earlier this month for the National Silver Gloves Tournament.
Dymond and Shamiracle took care of business, winning their weight classes in their respective age groups.
It was a dominant performance for both girls, who won their championship matches by unanimous decision.
The victories in Kansas City came on the heels of another big win for the sisters.
Last summer, Dymond and Shamiracle won championships at the National Junior Olympics in West Virginia.
According to a post on Ringside Boxing’s Facebook page, they are the first two sisters to win both the Junior Olympics, and the National Silver Gloves tournament.
Just to reach the Silver Gloves tournament, the sisters had to win a state tournament, and a regional tournament.
“They put on a great performance,” said Randy Hardaway, who owns and runs the Back 2 Basics gym in LaGrange where the sisters train. “The person over Silver Gloves said they made history. There were pros taking pictures with them and other girls coming up were taking pictures with them.”
The sisters were facing boxers they’d met in the ring before, and their father was confident in their ability to emerge victorious.
“Last year, both of them fought the same girls, and they beat them,” Hardaway said. “This year, everybody was better. I saw some of the girls, and they’d gotten pretty good. But the thing is, the opponents they were fighting didn’t have the heart of the sisters. The stuff they were doing, my girls do better.”
The sisters are both preparing to move into new age divisions, so there’ll be new challenges to conquer.
“They’re stepping into a new bracket and they’ll have to start again, but they’re ready to go,” Hardaway said.
Hardaway said that Shamiracle, 12, and Dymond, 10, don’t need to be pushed to work hard.
Boxing is a sport the sisters love, and their father is there to train them and try to get the best out of them.
“They have to do it on their own,” Hardaway said. “If you make them do it, it won’t work.”