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The Keystone Boxing card was full last weekend at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington, D.C, featuring Thomas Stone High School graduate Dusty Harrison and two pro debuts.

The journey for the DMV Welterweight champion Harrison (147 pounds) continues and he’s still undefeated, now at 9-0 with five knockouts 5 after a second-round technical knockout over Youngstown, Ohio’s Shane Gierke. Gierke (5-27-2, 4 KOs) saw the mat three times before the fight was stopped at 2 minutes 56 seconds into the round.

Harrison, not at 100 percent in fighting back a cold, said he’d lost some of his voice but he didn’t lose his drive to overcome and conquer.

“I’m all right, just a little congestion,” Harrison said in an interview with Gary “Digital” Williams after the fight.

Reflecting on the fight, Gierke told Harrison in the interview with Williams that the first body shot to his right side felt like he’d gotten stabbed.

“I think the body shot made him weak, tired,” Harrison said in the interview. “I don’t think he knew what to cover, the head or the body, so that opened up a lot for me.”

Also in Williams interview, Harrison responded to those who have a critical eye as to the fights he’s taking.

“I understand what my dad [and trainer, Buddy Harrison] is doing,” Dusty said to Williams. “If it were up to me, I’d fight anybody. I thought I’d be at this point, maybe not this fast. I really like the pace. As much hard work as I’m putting in at the gym, the fight night is the easy night.”

On Nov. 3, Dusty will be in the ring again to defend his title. Buddy Harrison said his son was in the best shape of his life against Gierke.

“The first knockdown was from a left uppercut. It was thrown with so much power, it would have sent Iron Mike Tyson down,” Buddy said. “Dusty was so fast, the video of the fight looked like a 10-piece combination, but was really a flurry of 22. It was a right-handed missile that landed perfectly on the jaw of Gierke that sent him crumbling to the canvas for the third and final time.”

Buddy said the highlight of the evening was watching his son sign autograph pictures to hundreds of fans who lined up around the ring. Dusty also has a new clothing line that will be introduced to the public on Nov. 3.

“All the hard work is finally starting to pay off,” Buddy aid. “Trust me, you cannot even imagine how hard it has been. Most, if not all, would have given up long ago. Keystone Boxing, along with the D.C. Boxing Commission has treated us great and we have a permanent home.”

A boxer with a large local following, Kevin Rivers, Jr. made his junior lightweight pro debut on the Keystone card. He took home the unanimous decision in the four rounder over David Warren Huffman (1-8) of Milwaukee, Wisc.

Although Rivers was warned a few times for low blows, he stuck to his game plan of low body shots and said his first experience without head gear was definitely different.

In a post-fight interview with Williams, Rivers said, “It’s easy to get hit [without head gear], but it’s something I love and I can’t wait to get back in there. I’ll keep my distance and use my jab more [in the next fight].”

Welterweight David Grayton of Washington, D.C. took care of Anthony Jones of Jackson, Tenn., 2:14 in the first round. Grayton (2-0, 2 KOs) sent Jones to the mat four times before the fight was stopped. Jones is still looking for his first win.

Hillcrest Heights middleweight Jarrett Hurd stopped his opponent, Mike Arnold of Akron, Ohio, in just 1:30 of the first round in his pro debut.

Harold “Sweet Lee” Parker, also of Washington, D.C., won his matchup against David Tomlin of Wilson, N.C., (0-5) in just 48 seconds of the first round.

Keystone will host its next event on Nov. 3 in Washington, D.C. For tickets and information, call Gene Molovinsky at 301-899-2430.

tshowalter@somdnews.com