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May 09, 2013


Press Release: Washington, D.C. teen welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (14-0, 8 KOs) will face his toughest competition to date when he faces Eddie Soto (12-6, 4 KOs) of Pawtucket, RI on Saturday, May 18th.  The eight-round bout will be the main event at the University of the District of Columbia’s Sports Complex (4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.).  The event will be streamed live online by Go Fight Live ( and broadcast on Comcast at a future date. 
Harrison made his pro debut at age 17 on June 11, 2011.  An incoming student at the University of District of Columbia, set to begin classes in June, Harrison has quickly developed a strong reputation and an active following in the nation’s capital. Trained and managed by his father, Buddy Harrison, out of Old School Boxing Gym, Dusty Harrison is poised to take the next step with this hometown showing. 

A native of Puerto Rico fighting out of New England, Soto has faced tough competition during his eight-year career.  The combined record of his last five opponents is 81-9-1, including Edgar Santana (26-4) who defeated Soto in his most recent bout on January 25, 2013, also in Dover.
One of the most anticipated undercard bouts will be a six-round heavyweight slugfest between six-foot-two, 240-lb. Natu Visinia (8-0, 7 KO’s) of Lakewood, CA and six-foot-seven, 280-lb. Phil Brown (6-1, 3 KO’s) of Upper Marlboro, MD.
Some undefeated boxers from the Washington region will be appearing on the under card, including welterweight Mike Reed (2-0) of Waldorf, MD, super middleweight Jerry Odom (3-0) of Bowie, MD, featherweight Kevin Rivers, Jr. (6-0) of Landover, MD, welterweight Yurii Polishchuk (1-0) of Alexandria, VA. and light heavyweight Greg Newby (7-0) of Washington, D.C. 
Reed, a former 2011 National Golden Gloves Champion, is off to a fast start as a professional, recording a pair of first-round knockouts in his inaugural fights, including last month’s win against Cassius Clay at the nearby Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD.  Reed will face pro debuting Christian Daniel of Wilson, NC in a four-round contest.  During his amateur career, Reed was a medalist at the National Silver Gloves, USA Boxing Championships and National PAL Tournament as well as Jr. Olympic National Champion.
Odom will seek his fourth win in a row when he battles Drew Morias (1-1) of Monroe, MI in a four-round tilt. None of his previous fights have lasted beyond the first round, his most recent win coming on a first-round TKO of Craig Boykin on March 2nd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.  Odom, the 2012 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at 178 pounds, led Washington, D.C. to the team title and earned The Golden Boy Award for the tournament’s most outstanding boxer. 
Polishchuk will face Charles Natal (1-0-1, 1 KO) of Cleveland, OH, in four-round action, after scoring a first-round TKO over Demetrius Winbush in his pro debut last month at Show Place Arena.  
Fairfax, VA junior welterweight Joseph Rector (1-1) goes for his second win in a four-round contest against Blair Cobbs (pro debut) of Philadelphia, PA, while Patrick Coye of Alexandria, VA and Charles Parker of Wilson, NC will make their pro debuts in a four-round light heavyweight bout.

Guyana’s Elton Dharry (13-5-1, 7 KO’s) will also be on the card in a six-round bantamweight bout against an opponent to be named.
Tickets can be purchased online at and at or in person at Old School Boxing Gym (6636 Rosecroft Drive, Fort Washington, MD. 20744, 202-320-5576).  Onsite parking is available or fans can ride Metro to the Van Ness-UDC station via the Red Line.

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