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Thomas Stone High School graduate Dusty Hernandez-Harrison has been talk of the town, even though his latest boxing matches have been away from town.
That’s about to change.
Hernandez-Harrison, a Washington, D.C., resident, is planning to fight at home next month. His promoter, All-In Entertainment owner Jeff Fried, said the time has come for that hometown fight and it will happen.
“Dusty has another hectic year ahead, starting with his D.C. homecoming on June 27 at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center,” Fried said. “Other area stars will be on that card are Antoine Douglas and Jerry Odom, both future world champions.”
Fried added, “There’s much in store for Dusty’s continued national and international growth for the rest of 2014, although we discuss internally one bout at a time and is Dusty and Buddy’s singular focus. I have the planning in place for his next four bouts.”
Hernandez-Harrison, who just turned 20 on May 21, is still the undefeated welterweight Youth title belt holder after a fourth-round TKO over Roberto Valenzuela of Sonora, Mexico, at the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, W.Va., on May 17.
Hernandez-Harrison improved to 22-0 with 12 knockouts. He followed his father’s orders and boxed, making use of his height and long arm reach and kept Valenzuela on the outside for a great bit of the fight. Valenzuela (69-67) came into the bout with 57 knockouts.
“Dusty’s fight went just as we planned,” father and trainer Buddy Harrison said. “He finally listened instead of doing his own thing. He would much rather slug it out and I prefer him to box and take advantage of his 6-foot frame and his blessed arm reach.”
Hernandez-Harrison controlled the tempo of the fight, giving Valenzuela the standing-eight count twice in Round 3 and two more times in Round 4 of the scheduled eight-rounder.
“The rules in professional boxing are a little different there [in West Virginia],” Hernandez-Harrison said. “They give standing-eight counts and being though I am never on the receiving end of one, that rule does not affect me what so ever. The people in West Virginia treated me great and asked several times when I’d be fighting there again.”
Hernandez-Harrison, who was a late addition to the West Virginia card, said he’s looking forward to fighting back at home.
“Hopefully, I will get to see all my family, friends and fans on June 27 in Washington D.C.,” Hernandez-Harrison said. “I miss fighting at home and would prefer to have all of my fights right here in the Nation’s Capital.”
Buddy Harrison said his phone has been ringing non-stop since word got out that Hernandez-Harrison would be fighting back in the District.
“Jeff Fried is working overtime to make this [fight[ happen,” Buddy Harrison said. “Perhaps one day he will be fighting outside at the RFK Stadium [in Washington, D.C.].”
Golden Gloves team comes home second
The Washington, D.C. Regional Golden Gloves team returned last weekend with a second place team trophy.
“I’m proud of them. They gave it their all and represented the region well,” Washington Golden Gloves President Bobby Magruder said. “We won second place nationally out of 30 regions which is great. Everyone was well-coached and they stuck together as team, win or lose, and I’m very proud of them.”
History was made at the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas on May 17, when Gary Antuanne Russell won the 141-pound national championship.
For the first time in Golden Gloves history, four brothers have become national champions. Gary Russell Jr. won in his bout in 2005. Gary Allen Russell III won in 2010 and Gary Antonio Russell won in 2013 prior to Gary Antuanne’s win this year. Gary Antonio Russell was runner-up in his division in 2014.
Local referees Brent Bovell, Latasha Washington, Marshall Cunningham and Mack Allison were a part of the action in Las Vegas.
“Our referees did a great job and [ringside doctor] Dr. [Robert] Davison [Jr.] did an excellent job as well,” Magruder said. “It was definitely a happening place.”
Regional champions who won at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in April advanced to box in Las Vegas.