by David P. Greisman
Welterweight prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison was supposed to be headlining in his hometown again. Though it had been just a year and a half since he’d last done so, it had seemed like an eternity, given that he’d had eight bouts outside of Washington, D.C. since then.
But a training injury canceled the card. Hernandez-Harrison spoke with BoxingScene.com on Sept. 20, a week before the show would’ve taken place, and he said he was hoping that his return would still be in D.C. and would still come against the same opponent, Hector Munoz.
“In the gym, I stepped on somebody else’s foot and rolled my ankle,” he said. “It wasn’t so much that the ankle wouldn’t be better by the fight. It’s just that I missed too much training. It was about two weeks that I missed, but it was in the middle of training camp.”
The 20-year-old is 23-0 with 12 KOs. He turned pro at 17 and soon became a local fixture, fighting nine times in the Nation’s Capital.
“I definitely want my next fight to be in front of my hometown fans,” he said. “Last time I fought in D.C. was May 2013. I owe them a lot for my career. They got me a lot of fights in the beginning. I got on cards because I had fans come out and support me. I really feel bad for not fighting here.”
He also wants to meet Munoz, a 36-year-old who is 23-13-1 with 15 KOs. The bout would’ve been for a vacant regional trinket handed out by the World Boxing Council. Munoz has lost to several recognizable names, including Mike Jones, Shawn Porter, Ronald Cruz and Jermall Charlo.
“Maybe it could get me bigger fights,” Hernandez-Harrison said.
The young prospect fought eight times in 2012 and another eight times in 2013. There have been four bouts so far in 2014.
“That’s a lot for some people. It’s pretty slow for me,” Hernandez-Harrison said. “Whatever fights I have for this year, hopefully I can prove to my dad [who trains him] that I’m ready to step it up.”
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