By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
In 197 amateur bouts and seven pro fights, 18-year-old DC welterweight Dusty Harrison was able to avoid something that happens to many boxers. He avoided being knocked down. That streak stopped Saturday night at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center when Marqus “Goose” Jackson of Atlanta, GA landed a lunging overhead right midway through the sixth and final round of their bout. The punch shocked the heavily-partisan Harrison crowd and made Harrison stumble and fall in the Jackson corner. However, the combination of Harrison pocketing enough early rounds with his jab and strong punches and Jackson’s inability to finish the job gave Harrison the six-round unanimous decision win.
“It’s never good to get knocked down,” said Harrison, who went a full six-rounds for the first time in his young pro career. “I’m going to take it as a learning experience. I know I can handle getting hurt and I can come back and win the bout.”
With the win, Harrison is now 8-0, four KO’s. Jackson falls to 2-6, 1 NC, two KO’s.
The night was very tough for DC-area boxers as three undefeated local prospects suffered their first losses as pros. The co-feature saw
junior welterweight Richie “The Rock” Andrews of Stuarts Draft, VA win a four-round split decision over Harold “Sweet Lee” Parker of DC. Andrews won by scores of 39-37 and 38-37. Parker won one card by a 38-37 score. Andrews is now 4-2-3, one KO, Parker is 2-1, two KO’s.
Junior lightweight David Warren Huffman of Milwaukee, WI won a four-round majority decision in a rematch against Renaldo “Misunderstood” Gaines of District Heights, MD. Huffman was the aggressor throughout the contest and earned his first pro victory. Huffman is 1-7. Gaines is now 2-1.
Late sub Jimmy “The Dream” LeBlanc of South Boston, MA scored a fourth-round TKO over Josh Rupard of Charlotte Hall, MD in a junior middleweight battle. LeBlanc was a true veteran in this one, using great movement and landing crisp shots. The bout was stopped at 34 seconds of the fourth. Rupard is now 2-1, two KO’s while LeBlanc is 13-22-4, five KO’s.
DC light heavyweight Greg Newby won his pro debut with a first-round stoppage of Gavin Hume of Akron, OH. Newby used a body shot to close the show at 1:38 of the round. Hume was also making his pro debut.
Lightweight Joshua “Marvelous Mo” Parker, younger brother of Harold, won his pro debut with a second-round TKO over the equally-debuting Joseph Dixon of North Carolina. The time was 1:06 of the second.
Farrad “The Rose” Price of Suffolk, VA won a four-round unanimous decision over Issa Coulibaly of DC. Price is 2-0, Coulibaly is 0-2.
There was a memorial 10-count in honor of local heavyweight boxer Abodunrin “Big Bo” Akinyanju who was killed in a traffic accident on Interstate 95 in Delaware on August 16. The family of Beltway ringside doctor Gregory Banks was also recognized. Dr. Banks’s son was hit by a car in late July and passed away due to his injuries.
Keystone Boxing promoted the card. The matchmaker was Brian Dillon.