WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 31, 2013) – Dusty Hernandez-Harrison, 18, who recently teamed up with Washington, D.C. based attorney and sports agent Jeff Fried, has been named the boxing prospect of the year by Stiffjab.com for his 2012 ring accomplishments.
Hernandez-Harrison has quickly become one of boxing’s rising stars and an exciting draw since turning professional at the age of 17 and registering his first win as the then youngest professional boxer in the United States. After amassing nearly 200 amateur fights and winning multiple National Golden Gloves titles (2007-2009) along with numerous other amateur tournaments titles, Hernandez-Harrison entered the pro ranks as a welterweight in June 2011. The undefeated Washington, D.C. native has rattled off 11 straight wins, scoring seven knockouts in the process.
In 2012, Hernandez-Harrison fought eight times with six knockout victories. Seven of those eight bouts took place in front of sell-out crowds at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center located in the fighter’s hometown of Washington, D.C.; the other took place in Mississippi where he is a fan favorite since making his pro debut there in 2011.
“I am honored to be named boxing’s top prospect in a sport that I respect so much,” Hernandez-Harrison said. “I know this is just the beginning. I will continue to work hard so I can someday be recognized alongside the names of the great boxers that paved the way for our younger generation.”
In addition to his full-time training as a professional boxer, Hernandez-Harrison is enrolled at College of Southern Maryland working toward his degree in Nursing. “With everything going on in the health care field, it is an area that is growing. I guess it seems odd that I make my living in the ring throwing punches at people while I am studying how to help people stay healthy,” he said.
“I am proud of the way Dusty is focused on developing his skills and to improve as a professional. We always wanted to provide Dusty opportunities that I was not able to have at his age. Dusty seems motivated by the challenges that lie ahead and we want to make sure he is always prepared, no matter the circumstances,” said Buddy Harrison, Dusty’s father who has been training Dusty since he was 6 years old.
Hernandez-Harrison is scheduled to remain active in 2013. “It is important at this stage of his development that Dusty stays busy and continues to grow as a boxer inside the ring, and mature as a young man outside of the ring,” Fried said. Hernandez-Harrison’s next bout is scheduled for Feb. 8 at Blue Rock Stadium in Wilmington, Delaware.