Hernandez-Harrison Remains Unbeaten After Knockout Win

By Jake Donovan

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison was forced to contend without having his father, Buddy Harrison in his corner for the first time in his career.

It was the only tough task he faced in his latest ring appearance, tearing through Angel Hernandez inside of three rounds Friday evening at The Belvedere in Elk Grove, Illinois.

The fight was never believed to be competitive on paper and perhaps even less so in the ring. Hernandez-Harrison was in full control for the brief affair, which came to a halt early into round three.

Hernandez-Harrison cruises to 29-0 (16KOs) in picking up his third straight knockout victory. It was a week of mixed emotions for the 21-year old welterweight from Washington D.C. The press office at Roc Nation Sports – with whom Hernandez-Harrison signed last January – announced that the rising prospect now carries GEICO Insurance as a major sponsor.

It was a big moment in his career, though offset by the news of his father unable to make the trip. It was the first time after 225 combined amateur and pro fights in which father and son were not together on fight night.

The result remained the same as has been the case since Hernandez-Harrison turned pro in June ’11.

His only hiccups to date have been keeping active.

In signing with Roc Nation Sports a year ago, just two of his fights actually came on events carrying the company’s banner. His past three ring appearances have come as paid spots on other promoters’ shows, although this fight came about after efforts to get Hernandez-Harrison in the ring on a Roc Nation-promoted HBO Latino telecast last December failed to materialize due to 11th hour issues.

At the very least, his 2016 is off to a promising start in the ring.


Friday’s show was also to feature Willie Monroe Jr., who has been out of the ring since a 6th round knockout loss to Gennady Golovkin last May. His name has been mentioned as a possible candidate to face World middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who remains in need of an opponent for his May 7 headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It’s possible that Monroe – the nephew of former 1970s middleweight contender Willie ‘The Worm’ Monroe – still lands the assignment. Means to first return to the win column, however, will have to come another evening as he was pulled from the show for undisclosed reasons.


Nicholas Mazurek (3-0, 3KOs) was extended beyond the opening round for the first time in his young career, but had little trouble in dispatching Francois Russell in the 2nd round of their heavyweight clash. The mismatch was stopped with Russell (2-15) still on his feet but unable to defend himself. Mazurek remains a knockout each time out through three fights dating back to his pro debut last July.

Nick Asberry remained unbeaten after soundly outpointing veteran Jamal Woods in their six-round heavyweight clash. Asberry – who lives less than an hour away in Waukegan, Illinois – controlled the action for the most part, although Woods (8-25-4, 8KOs) was competitive in spots. Scores were 59-55 in favor of Asberry, who moves to 9-0 (4KOs).

Javier Rivera (1-0, 1KO) enjoyed a successful pro debut, barely breaking a sweat in scoring a 1st round knockout of hapless Nicholas Brand (0-3, 0KOs) in their bantamweight prelim. A series of power shots set Brand to the canvas, prompting an immediate stoppage at 0:38 of round one.

All bouts were streamed live by lead promoter Hitz Boxing through its Periscope account.

Jake Donovan is the managing editor of Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PR ESQ. on 01-30-2016

Time to step it up.

Comment by richardt on 01-29-2016

Seriously?????? Dusty vs a near .500 fighter is NOT a "Showdown" any more than Dusty vs a disease-ridden grandmother being called a "Showdown".

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Photos: Pablo Cesar Cano Demolishes Jorge Linares in One Pacquiao-Broner: Aging Legend vs. Elite Gatekeeper Linares: Cano Surprised Me, I Felt Better at 135 - Hard To Make It Demetrius Andrade: Put Golovkin in Front of Me - I'll Destroy Him! Why Most of Us Still Root For Manny Pacquiao Lomachenko vs. Crolla Ordered To Purse Bid on February 4 Demetrius Andrade Outboxes, Stops Artur Akavov in Twelfth Oscar Rivas Knocks Out Bryant Jennings in Twelfth Round Pablo Cesar Cano Destroys Jorge Linares in One Round Shocker TJ Doheny Stops Ryohei Takahashi in Eleven Rounds Shakur Stevenson Blasts Out Jessie Cris Rosales in Four Chris Algieri Holds Off Late Rally, Outpoints Danny Gonzalez Photos: Badou Jack, Marcus Browne Nearly Erupt at Weigh-In Photos: Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner - Ready For War Amanda Serrano Blasts Voaberger, Becomes 7 Division Champ Overweight Tepora Replaced On PPV, Stripped of Interim WBA Title Top Rank on ESPN Early Results From Turning Stone Casino Photos: Maurice Hooker, Mikkel LesPierre - Go Face To Face Photos: Dmitry Bivol, Joe Smith - Go Face To Face in New York Pacquiao-Broner Weigh-In Results From MGM Grand Bivol-Smith 3/9 DAZN Show Heading To Turning Stone Resort Andrade vs. Akavov LIVE Results From Madison Square Garden Video: Devin Haney, Teofimo Lopez - Trade Words, Face To Face Manny Pacquiao Guaranteed At Least $20 Million For Broner Bout Raja Amasheh: I Feel Like Amanda Serrano, WBO Stole My Title Akavov Sees Andrade Win As His Middleweight Lottery Ticket Jessie Vargas Wants Kell Brook Showdown on April 6 Crawford: I've Been Hit With Bigger Shots Since Gamboa Fight Photos: Thorslund vs. Graf, Ceylan vs. Sanchez - On Weight Andrade: Saunders Unprofessional, But If It Happens, It Happens Krael, McCarter, Hitchins, Cortes Win in Las Vegas: Bellows Loses News: Lerena vs. Mann, Nico Hernandez, Sam Bowen, More Malignaggi: Danny Garcia wins 'close, tricky fight' with Granados Hearn: I Don't Believe We've Yet Seen The Best of Andrade Bob Arum: Al Haymon is Doing a Disservice to His Welterweights Andrade: I'm The Best Talent Out There at 154, 160, Maybe 168's Television Picks of The Week - January 18 UK News: Joyce-Tiffney, Archie Sharp, Danny Dignum, More Why Are So Many Boxing Fans Still Drawn To Adrien Broner? Kovalev Charged With Felony Assault, Allegedly Punched Woman

Latest Active Forum Threads