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Q&A: Harrison avoids streets, draws local fans, national interest
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Only a few years after being released from prison for armed robbery, Dusty Harrison's father and trainer, Buddy Harrison, started his son shadowboxing while he was still in diapers.
Unbeaten welterweight Dusty Harrison, of Washington, D.C., is a talented fighter who may be on the cusp of breakthrough recognition.
A nearly 6-foot-1, 18-year-old son of an Irish father and a Puerto Rican mother, Harrison characterizes most of his friends as being African American even as he regularly attracts an ethnically diverse D.C.-based following when he fights.
Harrison (10-0, 6 knockouts) has been counseled by the legendary Bernard Hopkins, as well as Hall of Famer Mark "Too Sharp" Johnson, and has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya and HBO's ringside scorer, Harold Lederman.
In addition, Harrison already has drawn the attention of power-broking advisor Al Haymon, whose clients have included Floyd Mayweather Jr., Adrien Broner, Andre Berto, Seth Mitchell, Paul Williams, Chris Arreola, Gary Russell Jr., Peter Quillin, Danny Garcia, Antonio Tarver, Devon Alexander and Austin Trout, among others.
Although he graduated with a solid B-average from Thomas Stone High School while living with his mother, Lynda Hernandez, in Waldorf, Md., Harrison resides permanently at the Naylor Gardens Apartments in Washington, D.C., where he regularly hears gunshots and witnesses shootings and other violence.
When Lamont, 28, dethroned then-IBF and WBA beltholder Amir Khan by split decision in December of last year, Anthony, 27, scored a decision over Daniel Attah on the undercard, and Harrison scored three knockdowns during an eventual first-round stoppage of Terrell Davis.
Since then, Harrison's relationship has grown with the Peterson siblings, who grew up fending for themselves in the streets of Southeast Washington, D.C., starting at the ages of 5 and 6, after their father was jailed on drug charges and their mother was left to care for seven children.
Like the Petersons, with whom he often spars, Harrison has similarly learned from the life of crime his father and trainer, Buddy, once led before cleaning up his act in the early 1990s.
On Saturday, Harrison made his seventh appearance at the Washington Convention Center, dropping his opponent in the first and third rounds of an eventual third-round stoppage over Nalo Leal.
Harrison improved his record at The Convention Center to 7-0, with six knockouts, and eyes a return to the venue for his next fight on Dec. 8 opposite Tim Witherspoon Jr. (8-3-1, 2 KOs), of Philadelphia.
Harrison shared his thoughts on his life and his budding career in this Q&A with RingTV.com.
RingTV.com: What city were you actually born in?
Dusty Harrison: Washington, D.C.
RingTV.com: Do you have your own apartment in Naylor Gardens?
RingTV.com: How close do the Peterson brothers, Anthony and Lamont, live to you?