Former two-time heavyweight titlist Tim Witherspoon Sr. certainly understands what a win over a fighter of Hernandez-Harrison's notoriety will do for his son's career. "We are looking forward to this fight with Dusty," Witherspoon Sr. said. "It's long overdue for my son to have an opportunity like this and a win over a fighter like Dusty on ESPN is the first step on the road to a championship."
"We respect Dusty, but it is Tim Jr.'s time," said Steve Witherspoon, the fighter's uncle and co-trainer. "He's going to knock Dusty out; The Witherspoons are coming, and we are wreaking havoc!"
Hernandez-Harrison's father and trainer, Buddy Harrison, believes 2014 will be a crucial year in his son's in-ring development.
"From this fight forward everyone will be gunning for Dusty," Harrison said. "During our year end recap Jeff (Fried) told us that every fight will be tougher than the last and we are preparing accordingly. Dusty is training like this is a world title fight and it will show on January 31st."
And Hernandez-Harrison recognizes that Witherspoon is a worthy challenge. "Not only is he the son of a former heavyweight champion; he's from Philly so I know he's going to be tough," Hernandez-Harrison said. "He's slick, skillful and has tremendous experience in his corner, so we know what we have to do, and it starts and ends with my hard work in the gym."
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