Southeast Washington, D.C., welterweight prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison capped off a great night of boxing at the historic DAR Constitution Hall with a devastating knockout of former title challenger, Michael Clark (44-12-1, 18KOs), at 1:42 of the first round. With the win, the 20-year-old fighter improves to an impressive 24-0, with 13 wins coming by way of knockout.
“I was prepared to go rounds but if the opportunity presented itself I was going to try and take him out,” Hernandez-Harrison said. “I have been waiting a long time to fight at home again and I am happy I was able to give my fans a great knockout.”
Dusty’s trainer and father, Buddy Harrison, was very pleased with his son’s performance. “Dusty worked hard preparing and it showed tonight. He had the patience when needed and also the confidence to go after that opening with the big right hand,” said Buddy. “It felt good for all of us to be back home.”
It looks like Dusty will be back home fighting again very soon. “There is a plan in place for Dusty to fight on National television in his next bout as the main event and then to come right back home to Washington, D.C. before his loyal fans,” said Jeff Fried of All In Entertainment. “While the fights are getting bigger, we also expect to fight in DC at least three times in 2015,” added Fried.
In the co-feature, junior middleweight prospect, Jarrett Hurd (13-0, 8KOs) made “swift” work of his opponent scoring a knockout over Terry Cade (4-7-1, 2KOs) at 2:39 of round one.
Brandon Quarles (14-3-1, 6KOs) bounced back from a loss in August to stop veteran Dennis Sharpe (17-14-4, 4KOs) in the fourth round.
Heavyweight Dwayne McRae (15-3-1, 8KOs) won a hard fought six-round majority decision over Grover Young (8-14-1, 5KOs). Scores were 57-57, 59-55 and 58-56.
6’4” junior welterweight Mykal Fox (4-0, 1KO) remained undefeated winning a four round unanimous decision over Sean Lockhart; Lightweight Joshua Davis improved to 8-1, with 4KOs by stopping John Wampash; and Emanuel Johnson (3-0, 1KO) opened the evening with a first round stoppage of the debuting Patrick Chaffin.
The sevent included appearances by Mayor Vince Gray, Democratic Mayoral Candidate Muriel Bowser, and Ward Council members Vincent Orange, Yvette Alexander and Kenyan McDuffie, along with a number of D.C. boxing regulars, including Rock Newman, Tony Thompson, Bryant Jennings and others. R&B artist Ginuwine made a special appearance, along with D.C. based rapper, Lightshow and independent artist from the district, Alison Carney, who sung the National Anthem.