At just 18 years old, welterweight DMV champion Dusty Hernandez Harrison reopened the doors at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. and recharged the city and its boxing fans.
Harrison, a Thomas Stone High School graduate, captured his 10th victory, this time over Nalo Leal of Spokane, Wash., on Nov. 3 when referee Kenny Chevalier stopped the fight 31 seconds into the third round. Both weighed in at 146 pounds and were scheduled for Harrison’s first eight-rounder.
Harrison stunned Leal just one minute into the first round. Leal went down in the first round with a right hander from Harrison and continued with body shots throughout until the fight was stopped.
Harrison is now 10-0 with six knockouts, who Leal falls to 4-17-1. Harrison said he’s leaving the dates of his fights up to Buddy Harrison, his father and trainer, and added that he’s ready to take on the best of the best.
“I love fighting in Washington, D.C., and I plan on remaining here as long as possible,” Dusty Harrison said. “I have been asking for the toughest and best record opponents possible, but of course my dad has a fit. I am now 18, but he wants me to wait until I'm older. I know that he's only looking out for me, but if I want to be the best, I must fight the best. I have been doing this all my life and I am ready now.”
Harrison said he will now be fighting eight-round bouts to finish out the year and will step it up to 10 rounds of boxing starting in 2013, hoping to add another 10 wins to his record.
“Training is going great,” Harrison said. “I have stepped my game up since I am now fighting eight-rounders. Keystone Boxing has done everything they can to help me with my career.”
Harrison prides himself on being able to interact personally with his fans and said he’s picking up more and more fans with each fight.
He’s also become quite the business man. He’s also started his own clothing line and his T-shirts are for sale now at each fight.
“My clothing line consist of top of the line T-shirts right now,” Dusty Harrison said. “Everyone seems to love my logo and the soft material they’re made of.”
Reuben Collins III, the son of Charles County commissioners’ Vice President Reuben B. Collins II (D), sang “America the Beautiful” before the main event and will be singing the National Anthem for the next Keystone Boxing card on Dec. 8 at the Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
“He did a very nice job for us,” Buddy Harrison said. “He hung out back in the dressing room with us and walked out with “Team Dusty.’ He’s such a good young man.”
The Nov. 3 card also featured New York City’s Phil Jackson-Benson, a light heavyweight who is trained by Adrian Davis. Jackson-Benson sent William “Bad News” Prieto down at the end of the first round with a body shot. Benson is now 9-1 with eight knockouts, while Prieto fell to 5-7-1.
It only took 31 seconds into the fight and one single punch for junior lightweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers Jr. to send Bobby “The Prodigy” Wooten of Wilson, N.C., to the canvas. Rivers, a local fighter from Palmer Park, is now 2-0 with his first professional knockout.
Junior middleweight from Clarksburg Dillon “The Stalker” Hayman (2-0, 2 knockouts) took care of Christopher “Rude Boy” Baynes (0-2) of Reidsville, N.C., in a first-round technical knockout that was stopped by referee Kenny Chevalier 1 minute 51 seconds into the round.
Accokeek’s “Swift” Jarrett Hurd (2-0, 2 knockouts) threw a left punch and sent Coy Lambert of Columbia, S.C., (1-5, 1 knockout) down for the count. The fight was stopped just 2:08 into the fourth round.
Junior lightweight Renaldo “Misunderstood” Gaines of District Heights (3-1) won a four-round unanimous decision over Alan Beeman of Providence, R.I. Devar “The Warrior” Ferhadi of Frederick debuted on the right foot with a first-round knockout over Anthony Madden of Biloxi, Miss. Joshua “Marvelous Moe” Parker (2-0, 2 knockouts) defeated Antonio Moody of Reidsville, N.C., just 1:55 into the third round.
Harrison will be the main event on Dec. 8 on the card entitled “Kings of the DMV” at the Convention Center, with Tony “Mo Better” Jeter is scheduled as the co-feature bout that evening.
Rivers, Hurd, Hayman and Shadeed Floyd will also be fighting on the card.