So far in 2014, the DMV fighters have started fast. The young guns like Mike Reed, Jerry Odom, Jarrett Hurd and Dominic Wade have maintained their unbeaten records in the month of January. The cream of all DC fighters these days, Lamont Peterson, defended his IBF Light Welterweight crown with a unanimous decision over Dierry Jean in front of a packed house at the DC Armory this month.
The stage is set for the busiest fighter in the DMV in 2013 to get back in action for 2014. Dusty Hernandez-Harrison will start the new year at the Richard J. Codey Arena in West Orange, NJ on Friday January 31 against Tim Witherspoon Jr. in a welterweight bout that will be shown as part of ESPN's Friday night fights. Hernandez-Harrison, (19-0, 11 KO's), is seen by boxing experts as a can't miss prospect. The tall, stylish fighter has a big following in his home town of Washington, DC and will now have a national TV audience to see for themselves what his fans have been watching since he turned pro in 2011. ESPN is putting on a rare triple header to expose Hernandez-Harrison.
Witherspoon is the son of the former heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon, Sr. and comes into this fight with a record of 10-3-1, 2 KO's and should be more than enough of a challenge for Dusty. Hernandez-Harrison's biggest challenge came at Madison Square Garden last November, when he had to dig deep and win a 10 round, hard fought decision against Josh Torres, his most impressive win to date. Dusty's trainer and father Buddy Harrison never overlooks an opponent, "Witherspoon is a very slick boxer and we will be ready. I am impressed with how hard Dusty is training for this fight. We've brought in some great sparring for him and he's training like a world champion."
Hernandez-Harrison' promoter, All-In Entertainment's Jeff Fried, a long time boxing attorney who got his fame from working with the undisputed heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, continues to sing the praises of his young fighter who is only 19 years old, "This is a nice next step in Dusty's career. Dusty's work ethic is a true distinguishing factor in his drive to be a marquee World Champion."
Hernandez-Harrison had an illustrious amateur career, winning multiple national championships and compiling an impressive record of 167-30. He was the youngest licensed professional fighter in the United States at 17 and was the busiest fighter from the DC area and maybe the country by fighting 8 times in both 2012 and 2013. "I am working hard in the gym and focused on January 31. I know lots of my fans are making the drive from Washington, DC. I am excited and want to also put on a great performance for all the fans that will be tuning into ESPN2 that evening", said Hernandez-Harrison. Please subscribe and follow all of the young and experienced fighter that call Washington, DC home.