By Gary “Digital” Williams
The young man who was America’s youngest boxer in 2011 comes back to action headlining an eight-bout Keystone Boxing Promotions card on Saturday, July 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Now an 18-year old, DC welterweight Dusty Harrison will be in a scheduled six-round contest against veteran Reggie “Two-Guns” Nash of Grand Rapids, MI. Harrison (6-0, three KOs) is coming off a second-round TKO over Joey Ortega on May 12 at the Convention Center.
Harrison will face another veteran in Nash (10-29-1, two KOs) who has faced a who’s who of young prospects and contenders between the lightweight and junior middleweight divisions. The list includes Vernon Paris, Steve Upshur Chambers, Contender Champion Grady Brewer and Shamir Reyes. Nash also holds an eight-round split decision win over former world title contender Ivan Robinson.
There is another six-rounder signed for the card as DC-based junior middleweight “King Shango” Ivan Ziglar will battle Jimmy “The Dream” LeBlanc of Weymouth, MA. Ziglar (6-2-1, three KOs) has won his last five bouts, including two straight at the Convention Center. Ziglar scored a fifth-round TKO in his last outing over Eric Burke on the May 12 Convention Center card.
LeBlanc (12-21-4, four KOs) is no stranger to the Beltway region as he has fought three times locally in the last four years, all three times at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. LeBlanc picked up his last win in November of 2008 when he stopped Luther Smith in the first round. LeBlanc’s last two bouts at the Patriot Center ended in second-round TKOs against Jimmy Lange (July 2010) and Michael Stewart (September 2011).
Another bout signed for this event will be the pro debut of long-time amateur Kevin Borders, a junior middleweight from DC. Borders will face Eric Marion, another debuting boxer from Columbia, SC.
Other matchups on this card include Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas “Top Dog” Williams, Jr. (8-0, five KOs) taking on veteran Ariel “Iron” Espinal of Brooklyn, NY (8-21-3, four KOs) in a six-round bout. Williams is the son of the former heavyweight contender of the same name. Also, DC junior middleweight Harold “Sweet Lee” Parker (1-0, one KO) will take on Antonio Sadler from Columbia, SC (1-0-1, one KO) in a four-rounder.
Also, the card features Charlotte Hall, MD middleweight Josh Rupard (1-0, one KO) who will battle Donnie Holden of Canton, OH (0-6) and the return of Baltimore’s “Golden Greek” Elias Bouloubassis (6-0-5, four KOs) taking on William “Bam Bam” Armstead of Columbus, OH (2-16, one KO). Both are four-round contests. Just added to the card is a heavyweight bout between Upper Marlboro, MD’s undefeated Duane Mobley (3-0, two KOs) who will face Alexandria, VA’s Antonio Robertson (0-3-1) in another four-round contest.