By Gary “Digital” Williams
Many fans came to the boxing card at the University of the District of Columbia Sports Complex to witness how far popular local fighter Dusty Hernandez Harrison has progressed. Fans wanted to see how the 18-year-old Harrison (he turns 19 on May 21) would perform against an opponent who has experience and a legitimate winning record.
Not only did Harrison survive his step-up encounter, he domininated his foe — Eddie Soto of Pawtucket, RI — with a highly effective fifth-round technical knockout victory in the main event on the card.
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.
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. The bout was stopped at 1:36 of the round and 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. Visinia 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. 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, DC light heavyweight Greg Newby’s contest was scrapped at the very last minute as a problem came up with the medicals of his opponent William Prieto of Lorain, OH
The card was promoted by All-In-Entertainment. The matchmaker was Michael Walters and the ring announcer was Henry “Discombobulating” Jones.