HERNANDEZ-HARRISON DUSTS HIMSELF OFF, WINS IN SIX
By Michael Walters
Dusty Hernandez-Harrison W6 Marqus Jackson... Keystone Boxing put on an exciting card in Washington D.C. There were knockouts, upsets, and one terrible decision. In the evening's main event, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (7-0 with 4 KOs) took on Marqus Jackson (2-5 with 2 KOs) in a six-round bout. The fight was all Dusty through the first five rounds, but halfway through the sixth, he was put down by a wildly thrown right hand. The knockdown, which was more of a stumble in actuality, was the first of Dusty’s career pro or amateur. Dusty was back on his feet immediately and looked like a veteran in the ring, tying his opponent up. Once Dusty regained his composure, he let loose with stunningly fast combinations and pounded his chest yelling to Jackson, “I got heart.”
The fight went to the scorecards after the sixth round and Dusty won by scores of 59-55 and 58-55 twice. Boxingtalk scored the bout 57-56 for Dusty.
Richie Andrews W4 Harold Parker In the co-feature, Harold Parker (2-0 2 KO’s) took on Richie “The Rock” Andrews (3-2-3 1 KO). Parker, who was an amateur standout before stepping away from the ring, was making his third straight appearance in D.C., and was looking to score another win. Andrews, though, had other plans. At the weigh-in on Friday, the two fighters almost came to blows after Andrews started taunting Parker. The bad blood carried into the ring last night and seemed as though the fighters had a genuine dislike for one another. When the opening bell rang, Andrews swarmed Parker and was all over him. He seemed to never stop throwing shots. In the second round, Parker claims to have hurt his left shoulder and says that was the cause of his inactivity, but it was more likely that he got more then he bargained for when he took on Andrews. The fight was all Andrews as Parker had no answers for the busier fighter and couldn’t see to get his punches off. The fight was scored a split decision for Andrews, one judge seeing it 38-37 for Parker but the other two judging 39-37 for Andrews. Boxingtalk scored it a shut out for Andrews 40-36.
UNDERCARD... In a rematch of featherweights, Renaldo Gaines (2-0) took on David Warren Huffman (0-7). Gaines, who missed weight and had to give a share of his purse to Huffman, looked to be out of boxing shape. He seemed sluggish throughout the fight and by the third round he was completely gassed. Huffman won a majority decision and got the first win of his career by scores of 38-38 and 39-37 twice. Boxingtalk scored it a draw 38-38.
Phil Jackson Benson (7-1 6 KO’s) made his Washington, D.C., debut a short one, scoring a first-round knockout over Anthony Piertrantonio (7-9 6 KO’s) with a vicious left to the body.
Josh Ruppard (2-0 2 KO’s) took on Jimmy Leblanc (12-22-4 4KO’s) and was knocked out in the fourth round by a body shot.
Gregory Newby made his pro debut a successful one by stopping Gavin Hume, also debuting, at 1:38 of round one with a body shot.
Joshua Parker, Harold's brother, made his pro debut a successful one, also. He stopped the seemingly frightened Joseph Dixon, also debuting, at 1:06 of the second round. An overhand right put Dixon down and as the excited Parker continued to hit him while he was down, the referee seemed to choose to ignore this major infraction.
In the opening bout of the evening, Issa “Kwame” Coulibaly was robbed by the judges of his first pro win when he took on and lost a four-round decision to Farrad Price. The official scores were 39-37 across the board for Price. Boxingtalk scored it 39-37 Coulibaly, as did the others sitting on press row.