Sunday, May 19, 2013
Harrison Leads Local Domination in DC!
Now let's come back home to DC where locals put on dominating performances in front of a packed house at the All-In-Entertainment "Champion Class" card at the University of the District of Columbia Sports Complex in Washington, DC.
In the main event, Dusty Hernandez Harrison put together his most dominating and complete performance of his young career scoring a fifth-round TKO over Eddie Soto of Pawtucket, RI. Harrison unleashed a blistering left jab that continuously kept Soto at bay. Harrison landed a brutal right hand to drop Soto in the second round. Later, Harrison used another right to put his most experienced foe away for the night in the fifth round where the bout was stopped at 2:48. Harrison is now 15-0, nine KO's. Soto falls to 12-7, four KO's.
The co-feature saw "The King's Son" Jerry Odom of Bowie, MD score a first-round TKO over Andrew Morias of Monroe, MI. Odom hit Morias with a brutal body shot and then pressured Morias until referee Dave Braslow stopped the action at 1:06 of the round. Odom still has yet to go past the first round and he is now 4-0, four KO's, one NC. Morias is 1-2.
In what was definitely a Beltway Boxing Knockout Of The Year candidate, Alexandria, VA light heavyweight Patrick Coye made his pro debut an explosive one with a brutal right hand that sent the equally debuting Charles Parker of Wilson, NC crashing to the canvas. Referee Sharon Sands got Coye to go to a neutral corner and then immediately stopped the bout at 1:36 of the round. Parker stayed on the canvas for a few moments after but got up under his own power.
The return of Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight "Big" Phill Brown was not a good one as "The Samoan Truth" Natu Visinia of Lakewood, CA was very powerful as he rocked Brown in the first round with brutal head shots. Brown never went down but was hurt enough for the bout to be stopped at 2:49 of the first. Brown, who was competing for the first time since 2007, is now 6-2, three KO's. Visinia remains undefeated at 9-0, eight KO's.
In the curtain-raising bout, Palmer Park, MD featherweight Kevin "K-Smoov" Rivers, Jr. remained undefeated with a workmanlike four-round unanimous decision over veteran Jason "J-Rock" Rorie of Winston-Salem, NC. Rivers stayed very patient against the awkward Rorie and scored a shutout (40-36) on all three judge's cards. Rivers is now 7-0, five KO's while Rorie is now 6-17, three KO's.
Two scheduled bouts did not take place. As we mentioned earlier, Mike Reed's contest against Damon Antoine was scrapped because Antoine refused the bout. Antoine was even offered extra money to take the contest but still turned the bout down.
Antoine, of Akron, OH ended up taking an all-Ohio bout with Charles Natal of Cleveland. However, karma may have set in as the walkout bout was stopped by a power outage in the arena. The bout was declared a no-contest.
Also, Greg Newby's contest was scrapped at the very last minute as a problem came up with the medicals of his opponent William Prieto.
The card was promoted by All-In-Entertainment. The matchmaker was Michael Walters.
A couple of random notes: Because of my duties with GoFightLive's internet broadcast, I was unable to do my normal blogging duties the way I normally do. My deepest thanks to Juan Marshall of ProAm Fight Talk for providing full coverage along with some outstanding pictures of the night. Please go visit.
Also, my thanks to "The Fight Doctor" Jerome Spears for coming over and joining me on the Post-Fight Wrap-Up tonight.
I want to also thank GoFightLive and All-In-Entertainment for having me be a part of the internet broadcast. I had three great people to work with as on-air folks in Richard Quinones, heavyweight contender Monte "Two-Gunz" Barrett and the lovely Janee Hayes, a local talent who handled our interviews with celebrities in attendance. The GoFightLive crew took me back to the days of Boxing Spotlight and it was a joy to work with all of them.
Now here is the Post-Fight Wrap-Up with one clarification:
I mentioned in the wrap that I thought that Lamont Peterson's loss would destroy plans for a possible September 7 card in DC. However, as I said in the last post, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer later said that the date and the Verizon Center venue are definitely on the table. I was unaware of that when I made my statement. Glad I was wrong.