Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Harrison Headlines Nationally-Televised Card May 18 at UDC!
Dusty Harrison (left) sits alongside his father, Buddy during the press conference at Founding Farmers Restaurant in Northwest Washington, DC. Next to Buddy Harrison is Grammy-nominated performing artist and DC native Wale. (photo by Brant Powell, 4th Street Films)
Undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Harrison will headline a nationally televised card at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Sports Complex on Saturday, May 18.
The card, called "Champion Class" will have bouts televised on the EPIX Network, marking the first US-based boxing broadcast for the network. The fact that the card is being held at UDC marks a special significance because Harrison, who will turn 19 three days after this card, will begin studies at the university in June. No word yet on the opponent for Harrison (14-0, eight KO's) who won a six-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Garcia on April 12 in Dover, DE.
One bout has already been signed for the card and is slated to be one of the featured TV bouts. The bout marks the return of Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight "Big" Phill Brown as he takes on undefeated Natu "The Truth" Visinia of Lakewood, CA. This will be the first bout for Brown (6-1, three KO's) since May 31, 2007 when he lost a six-round majority decision to Mike Sheppard in Glen Burnie, MD. Visinia (8-0, seven KO's) makes his return after an almost two-year absence. Visinia scored a fourth-round TKO over Kourtney Boden on May 31, 2011 in Santa Monica, CA.
A number of Beltway Boxers are slated to compete on the card including Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr., Mike "Yes, Indeed" Reed, Gervonta "Rambo" Davis, Devar "The Warrior" Ferhadi, Greg Newby and the debuting Yurii Polischuk.
The card is being promoted by All-In Entertainment, a company founded by Washington, DC attorney and entrepreneur Jeff Fried along with legendary poker player Phil Ivey and Monta Ellis of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks.
The card is slated to begin at 6 PM ET with the telecast starts at 8 PM. Details on the card are slated to be announced next week.
Here are brief interviews with Dusty and Buddy Harrison: