Dusty Hernandez-Harrison, 19-0 (11), returns to the ring for his first fight in 2014 after going 8-0 in 2013. He will be going for his 20th straight win Friday night in West Orange, NJ, on ESPN2 against the son of former heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon, Tim Jr., 10-3-1 (2), of Philadelphia.
Hernandez-Harrison is from Washington, DC, and is just 19. He was recently interviewed by former football great Brian Mitchell who is currently second in all-purpose yardage in the NFL behind Jerry Rice. He was No. 30 for the Redskins and asked Dusty “is 30 your favorite number?” Dusty replied “yes it is. I lived on 30th street, had the No. 30 when I played sports.” (You can find him on twitter under the handle: @Dusty30th).
He went on to say he was going to try out for the Olympics but knew it’s not like when “Sugar” Ray Leonard was there (in 1976) and few people know who was on the 2012 USA team.
Dusty’s father Buddy is his manager and trainer with a great team around them. This writer saw Dusty fight 4 times in DE winning 3 by knockout. He is an attraction and being white coming out of DC is a rarity now a days.
Witherspoon has won 4 of his last 5 fights with the last 2 in the welterweight division. Like his father he has that overhand right to watch out for. He is just as likeable as his dad but a little quieter... but who isn’t?
This is a scheduled 8 rounder at the Rodney J. Cody Arena in West Orange, NJ, with a full card. The headliner is with Elvir Muriqi, 40-5 (24), against Australian Blake Caparello 18-0-1 (6) making his US debut over 10 rounds.
Don’t be surprised if Dusty and Tim Jr. steal the show!