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Harrison headlines in DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Undefeated Washington, DC welterweight Dusty Harrison will headline his fourth straight card in his hometown when he faces veteran Shane Gierke of Youngstown, OH in a six-round contest on the Keystone Boxing Promotions card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The 18-year-old Harrison (8-0, four KOs) is making his sixth appearance at the Convention Center. The last time out on August 25, Harrison survived a sixth-round knockdown to win a unanimous decision over Marqus Jackson. Gierke (5-26-2, four KOs) has lost his last four bouts including a four-round unanimous decision to Bruce Runkle on June 2 in Wheeling, WVA.

The six-round co-feature bout marks the return of local fan favorite “King” James McAllister of Landover, MD. McAllister (11-6-1, three KOs) has not fought since losing a 10-round majority decision to Jason Naugler in April of 2006 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. McAllister will face James Denson of Akron, OH (5-10, two KOs) in a six-round light heavyweight tussle. Denson will be looking to break a three-bout losing streak.

In four-round contests, DC welterweight Harold “Sweet Lee” Parker will be looking to bounce back from losing a four-round split decision to Richard Andrews on the August 25 card. Parker (2-1, two KOs) will take on David Tomlin of Wilson, NC (0-4). Parker will also try to put some recent legal troubles behind him. On September 19, the 25-year-old Parker, along with his father, Daniel, was arrested for selling fake iPhone4’s in Lanham, MD. Both were released on their own recognizance.

DC welterweight David “Day-Day” Grayton also will be in action facing Anthony Jones of Jackson, TN. Grayton (1-0, one KO) made his pro debut a successful one on August 4 at the Renaissance Hotel in DC stopping Gregory Joyner in the first round. Jones (0-4) was stopped in the third round by Bailey Bobbit on March 6 in Opelousas, LA.

DC heavyweight Danny “Smooth” Kelly (1-0, one KO) also made a successful pro debut on the August 4 DC card and Kelly will face Ryan Shay of Fort Mills, SC (5-15, four KOs) in another four-round contest. Shay last fought at the Convention Center on July 14 and lost by first-round knockout to Duane Mobley.

Richmond, VA super middleweight Immanuwel Aleem also returns to action after making his successful pro debut on June 23 in Arlington, VA. Aleem (1-0, one KO) will face Marcus Clay of Baton Rouge, LA (0-2).

Two local amateur standouts will make their pro debuts on this card. Palmer Park, MD super featherweight Kevin Rivers, Jr. will face David Warren Huffman of Milwaukee, WI (1-7) while Hillcrest Heights, MD middleweight Jarrett Hurd will battle Mike Arnold of Akron, OH (0-8). Rivers and Hurd are both former regional Golden Gloves champions. Rivers was named the DC-area Amateur Boxer of the Year by the DC Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009.

Huffman won his first pro bout on the August 25 card in DC taking a four-round majority decision over Renaldo Gaines.

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