Eighteen-year-old phenom, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (12-0, 8 KOs) was a welcomed late addition to the show. The College of Southern Maryland student warmed up the crowd by stopping former Golden Gloves National Champion Kelly Wright (4-11, 3 KOs) at 1:39 of the third round of a scheduled six round welterweight bout.
After measuring Wright with a double jab in the opening seconds, Hernandez-Harrison quickly found a home for his right hand against his shorter, southpaw opponent. A six-foot welterweight, Hernandez-Harrison had no problem keeping Wright on the outside with his jab. Wright tried to work the body, but was usually discouraged by straight rights and left hooks from Hernandez-Harrison as he tried to get inside.
Dusty briefly shifted to southpaw to open round two, and his jabs were just as good coming from the other side. After digging two right hooks to Wrights side, Hernandez-Harrison went conventional again, and basically shut Wright down completely with an assortment of power shots. Wright was strong, but he was wilting from the pounding he was taking.
Hernandez-Harrison opened round three with four jabs, before landing a right to the body. A stiff right to the chin was the beginning of the end for Wright. Dusty landed a right hand bomb followed by a left to the body that dropped Wright. After rising, a series of right hands fro Dusty rendered Wright defenseless, and referee Mark D’Atillio stopped it at 1:39 of the round.
Hernandez-Harrison fights out of Washington D.C., and is starting to make some noise in the region. He fights again on February 23 at Bally’s Atlantic City.
Nick Tiberi once again did a superb job of matchmaking.
Larry Tornambe was the ring announcer.
Dave Tiberi and the rest of his Champs Management team delivered a well-organized and highly successful event.