For such a young fighter, DC’s Dusty Hernandez-Harrison is poised beyond his years on earth. On Friday, he devastated Guillermo Valdes, (12-5), with a 4th round TKO at the 45 second mark. The fight took place at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Hernandez-Harrison started round 1 with a powerful left jab, a jab that almost took Valdes’ head off. An overflow crowd, many from the DMV, cheered the home town fighter and saw his record improve to 17-0, 10 KO’s).
Many observers, who follow Hernandez-Harrison, have never seen the jab work so well, so early in a fight. Dusty said, “I don’t know if it was my best jab. I have been trying to throw my jab more in my last few fights”. The 19 year old Hernandez-Harrison is going to fight two more times this year. According to his promoter, Jeff Fried of All-In Entertainment, “We are looking to fight 2 more times this year, with the last fight of the year in DC. A young fighter needs to fight to keep developing”. Hernandez-Harrison has a huge following and the cheers for him drowned out the reaction of all the other fighters.
In the second round, Hernandez-Harrison hit Valdes with a crisp left hook to the head and sent his opponent to the canvas and only the bell kept the fight from ending right there. “I never thought that guy would get up from that punch, said Dusty’s trainer and father Buddy Harrison. “That was as good a punch as Dusty can throw. Over all I was pleased with the fight. I have been trying to get Dusty to box more, but he likes to get in there and mix it up”. In the 4th round, Dusty says, “My dad saw that he was not punching back, so I put the pressure on him in the 4th round and put some combinations together and the ref stopped it. I could see the ref looking closely, so I picked it up. I try to learn something with each fight. This fight, I learned that I can use my boxing skills, put pressure on early and still brawl when I have to. This opponent had the best record of any of my opponents, but he was not the most experienced opponent”.
Dusty Hernandez-Harrison will enroll in the University of the District of Columbia, (UDC), this fall and is looking forward to it. Imagine having an undefeated boxer as your classmate and study partner. Please subscribe and follow the many young boxers campaigning out of the DMV.