Lem Satterfield

Hernandez-Harrison to fight May 18


Washington, D.C., resident Dusty Hernandez-Harrison, an unbeaten 18-year-old prospect, will face an opponent to be determined on May 18 as the headliner to a nine-fight card at the University of the District of Columbia Sports Complex.

Billed as Championship Class, the event is being sponsored by Jordan Brand and EPIX, among others, and was announced during a Tuesday afternoon press conference at Founding Farmers Restaurant in Washington, D.C.

Click here for a promotional video of Hernandez-Harrison.

Click here for the press conference video.

Hernandez-Harrison (14-0, 8 knockouts), the son of a Puerto Rican mother and an Irish father, is coming off a unanimous-decision victory over Jonathan Garcia this past Friday at Dover Downs Casino and Hotel in Dover, Del.

In early January, Harrison entered into an agreement with Washington-area attorney Jeff Fried, who is serving as his advisor and became a major guiding and promotional force.

Fried has counseled boxers such as Peterson, Riddick Bowe, Sharmba Mitchell, Tony Thompson, Shane Mosely and Winky Wright and orchestrated an endorsement deal between Nike and RING, WBA and WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward.

“Dusty Hernandez-Harrison truly exemplifies the heart, spirit and future of boxing here in Washington and throughout the industry,” said Fried. “While we are still in the process of finalizing the card, rest assured that his opponent will pose a true test as Dusty continues to develop and learn in many ways what it takes to be a world champion, both in and out of the ring.”

A boxer since the age of 6, Harrison went 167-30 as an amateur. He earned titles in the National Golden Gloves in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and won more than 50 regional and national championships.

Trained by his father, Buddy Harrison, the younger Harrison stands over 6-feet tall and can fight as a switch-hitter.

Other fighters scheduled to appear include former National Golden Gloves champions Mike Reed (1-0, 1 KO), a welterweight from Waldorf, Md., and featherweight Gervonta Davis (1-0, 1 KO) of Baltimore, Md.

Additional fighters slated for the card include middleweight Devar Ferhadi (2-0, 2 KOs), of Frederick, Md., and light heavyweight Greg Newby (6-0, 4 KO’s), of Washingont, D.C.

In a clash of hard-hitting heavyweights, Natu Visinia (8-0, 7 KO’s), of Lakewood, Calif., will face Phil Brown (6-1, 3 KO’s), of Upper Marlboro, Md.

“Fact is all the bouts on our card will be quality matches,” said Fried. “That is what the fans want, what they deserve and what is best for the sport of boxing.”

Photos by Juan Marshall

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

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