Dusty Hernandez-Harrison wants to do two things. Win and learn something. “I learned that I can go 10 rounds and win a decision,” Hernandez-Harrison withstood a hard charging Josh Torres for 10 rounds and did not lose his cool. Dusty boxed for the most part, but was eager to stand toe to toe with the stronger looking Torres, 12-3 and win a lot of those exchanges. Hernandez-Harrison landed some heavy blows to Torres head, but nothing seemed to slow the New Mexican fighter down. Dusty’s trainer, Buddy Harrison said, “Look Dusty is only 19 years old. He was in there with a full grown man. He will fill out and get stronger and those blows will have more damage.” Hernandez-Harrison now holds his first belt, The WBC Youth Welterweight World Championship with a unanimous decision over Torres .
Dusty, 18-0, reflexes, “I didn't care about damaging him. I wanted to land clean shots and keep moving”. He did just that. When he was told to box, he had a wonderful jab and landed several combinations off of that jab. The 9th round was a thing of beauty. “I told him to box in that 9th round…use his jab and stay on the move”, says Buddy. That jab in the 9th landed from the opening bell and snapped Torres head back with full force on several occasions. Hernandez-Harrison had so much energy in that 9th round; his fans thought it was the first round. There was a large section of the big crowd shouting Dusty…Dusty…Dusty over and over. The young fighter never lost focus. He seemed to see Torres punches for the entire fight and ducked out of the way from heavy punches several times.
The proud father/trainer recalled a moment he will never forget. “Dusty and I sat in the nose bleed section of Madison Square Garden watching Trinidad fight. Dusty was 10 years old. I told him, if you stay focused and keep training hard, some day you will fight in the Garden and here we are tonight. I am so happy at this moment”.
Dusty’s promoter, All-In Entertainment’s CEO Jeff Fried is keeping his promise, when he said after Dusty fought at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino the last time out, that Dusty would fight 2 more times this year. Fried says, “Dusty showed he is a good boxer, but he also showed that he is a tough fighter, too. He will fight on November 22 at Dover Downs and that will close out the year.” Buddy Harrison said, “I did something I don’t normally do. I asked Dusty if he wanted to cruise in that last round or close out the show. He said let’s close the show and he mixed it up with Torres.” One judge had Hernandez-Harrison pitching a shutout, 100-90 and the other two had the score, 98-92. Please subscribe and keep up with the exciting fighters pro and amateur from the DMV.