By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Washington, DC welterweight Dusty Harrison remained undefeated with a third-round TKO over Nalo Leal of Spokane, WA in front of a very partisan crowd at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC. Harrison dropped Leal with a right hand in the first round and continued his dominance until dropping Leal with another right hand over the top to finish the contest. The bout was stopped at 31 seconds of the third. Harrison is now 10-0, six KO’s while Leal falls to 4-17-1.
In the co-feature, New York, NY light heavyweight Phil Jackson-Benson stopped William “Bad News” Prieto of Lorain, OH at the end of the first round with a brutal body shot. Prieto did not beat referee Sharon Sands’s count and the bout was stopped. Jackson-Benson, who is now trained by Adrian Davis, is now 9-1, eight KO’s while Prieto is now 5-11, two KO’s.
This card had three knockouts which will get serious consideration at the end of the year for Knockout of the Year in the Washington, DC region. Palmer Park, MD junior lightweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr. scored a first-round knockout over Bobby “The Prodigy” Wooten of Wilson, NC in just 31 seconds with the only punch he threw in the bout. Wooten came out of his corner and immediately held on to Rivers. As Wooten had a grip on Rivers’s left hand, Rivers crushed Wooten with his right hand and spent him sprawling. Wooten couldn’t beat the count. Rivers is 2-0, one KO while Wooten is 0-2.
The second candidate may belong to rookie middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd of Accokeek, MD, who dropped Coy Lambert of Columbia, SC face first with a brutal straight left hand to end a very competitive bout at 2:08 of the fourth round. Hurd is now 2-0, two KO’s while Lambert is 1-5, one KO.
The third candidate came from the debuting middleweight Devar Ferhadi of Frederick, MD who landed a brutal body shot to Anthony Madden of Biloxi, MS that made Madden scream in pain as he fell to the canvas. The bout was stopped at 1:41 of the first round. Madden is 0-2.
Also on the card, Clarksburg, MD junior middleweight Dillon “The Stalker” Hayman scored a first-round stoppage over Christopher Baynes of Reidsville, NC by way of Barbados. Hayman never knocked Baynes down, but pressured him enough to get the bout stopped at 1:51 of the first round. Hayman is now 2-0, two KO’s while Baynes is 0-2.
District Heights, MD junior lightweight Renaldo “Misunderstood” Gaines bounced back from his loss to David Warren Huffman to score a four-round unanimous decision over Alan Beeman of Providence, RI in the only bout to go the distance on the card and one of the better bouts overall this year along the Beltway. This was a great give-and-take bout despite the scorecards giving Gaines a shutout victory. 40-35. Gaines scored a knockdown in round two. Gaines is 3-1 while Beeman is 0-5.
The opening contest saw DC junior welterweight Joshua “Marvelous Moe” Parker deliver a third-round TKO over the debuting Antonio Moody of Reidsville, NC. Parker got the bout stopped at 1:55 of the third after some heavy shots to the head and body. Parker is now 2-0, two KO’s.
Keystone Boxing, led by Gene Molovinsky, promoted the card. The matchmaker was Brian Dillon.