By Gary “Digital” Williams
Undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison will face his most accomplished foe to date when he headlines the Saturday, May 18 “Champion Class” card at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Sports Complex in Washington, DC.
UDC will be an interesting location for Harrison, who will turn 19 shortly after this card. Harrison (14-0, eight KO’s) will begin taking classes at the university in June. Harrison will face Eddie Soto of Pawtucket, RI by way of Puerto Rico in a scheduled eight-round encounter.
Harrison (14-0, eight KO’s) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Jonathan Garcia on April 12 in Dover, DE. Soto (12-6, four KO’s) got off to a great start in his pro career winning his first 12 bouts. However, Soto has had difficulty as he has stepped up in competition losing his last six. Soto has faced the likes of Edgar Santana, Danny O’Connor, Jose A. Gonzalez and Mike Faragon in his last six bouts.
The co-feature bout is a six-round contest that marks the return of Upper Marlboro, MD heavyweight “Big” Phill Brown (6-1, three KO’s) taking on undefeated Nati Visinia of San Diego, CA (8-0, seven KO’s) in a six-round bout. This will be the first bout for Brown since May 31, 2007 when he lost a six-round majority decision to Mike Sheppard in Glen Burnie, MD. Visinia 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.
Also on the card, Waldorf, MD welterweight Mike “Yes, Indeed” Reed returns to action in a four-round contest against the debuting Christian Daniel of Wilson, NC. Reed (2-0, two KO’s) has had both of his bouts end in the first round.
Bowie, MD super middleweight “The King’s Son” Jerry Odom will be on the card as he takes on Andrew Morias of Monroe, MI in a four-round encounter. Odom (3-0, three KO’s, one NC) also has yet to fight after the first round. Morias (1-1) won a four-round unanimous decision over Desmond Jackson on April 27 in Toledo, OH.
Undefeated Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr. will face veteran Jason Rorie of Winston-Salem, NC in a four-round contest. Rivers (6-0, five KO’s) is coming off a third-round TKO over Carlos Alcala on April 20 in Upper Marlboro, MD. Rorie (6-16-2, three KO’s) will be trying to break a nine-bout losing streak.
DC light heavyweight Greg Newby will face William Prieto of Lorain, OH in another four-rounder. Newby (7-0, four KO’s) went six rounds with Mark Anderson and won a unanimous decision on April 27 in Bamberg, SC. Prieto (5-7-1, four KO’s) is making his second straight trip to DC and hopes for a much better outing this time Prieto was knocked out in the first round by newly-crowned WBC Fecarbox Super Middleweight champ Phil Jackson Benson on November 3 at the Washington Convention Center.
The card also marks the pro debut of Alexandria, VA light heavyweight Patrick Coye who will battle the equally debuting Charles Parker of Wilson, NC.
Two other bouts are slated to be added to the card, which is promoted by All-In-Entertainment, a group consisting of attorney Jeff Fried, world champion poker player Phil Ivey and NBA superstar Monta Ellis.