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Harrison set for first eight-rounder

By Gary “Digital” Williams

After nine pro bouts, the camp of undefeated 18-year-old Washington, DC welterweight Dusty Harrison feels it is time to move to eight-round territory. The former amateur standout will make this move Saturday, November 3 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in DC on a “Fall Brawl” card promoted by Keystone Boxing. The opponent for Harrison (9-0, five KO’s) will be veteran Nalo Leal of Spokane, WA. Harrison is coming off a second-round stoppage over Shane Gierke on the last Keystone Boxing show on September 29. Leal (4-16-1) has lost his last five bouts.

There will also be a six-round co-feature between Brooklyn, NY super middleweight Phillip Jackson Benson (8-1, seven KO’s) and William Prieto of Lorain, OH (5-6-1, two KO’s). Benson last fought on August 25 at the Convention Center and scored a first-round KO over Anthony Pietrantonio. Prieto is winless in his last six bouts.

DC super featherweight Kevin “K-Smoov” Rivers, Jr. returns to action in a four-round contest against Bobby Wooten of Wilson, NC. Rivers (1-0) made his pro debut a successful one on the September 29 card, winning a four-round unanimous decision over David Warren Huffman. Wooten (0-1) lost his pro debut via second-round TKO to Noel Echevarria on May 19 in Charlotte, NC.

District Heights, MD super featherweight Renaldo “Misunderstood” Gaines (2-1) will try to bounce back from his August 25th loss to Huffman by facing Alan Beeman of Providence, RI (0-4) in another four-round bout.

Hillcrest Heights, MD light heavyweight Jarrett Hurd (1-0, one KO) will face Coy Lambert (1-4, one KO) of South Carolina in a four-rounder. Hurd stopped Mike Arnold on September 29 in DC in the first round. Lambert has lost his last two contests.

Welterweight Dillon “The Stalker” Heyman of Frederick, MD returns to action after making his pro debut on May 12 at the Convention Center, stopping Arnold in the first round. Heyman (1-0, one KO) will battle Christopher Baynes of Reidsville, NC (0-1).

DC lightweight Joshua “Marvelous Mo” Parker will try to build on his successful pro debut as he faces the debuting Antonio Moody. Parker (1-0, one KO) stopped Joseph Dixon in the second round on August 25 at the Convention Center.

Frederick, MD super middleweight Devar Ferhadi will make his pro debut against Biloxi, MS’s Anthony Madden (0-1).

Here is the scale watch for the card:

Dusty Harrison 146 vs. Nalo Leal 146
Phil Jackson Benson 172 vs. William Prieto 176
Kevin Rivers, Jr. 127 vs. Bobby Wooten 126
Dillon Hayman 150 vs. Christopher Baynes 150
Jarrett Hurd 156 vs. Coy Lambert 156
Renaldo Gaines 133 vs. Alan Beeman 131
Devar Ferhadi 171 vs. Anthony Madden 170
Joshua Parker 140 vs. Antonio Moody 140




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