Welterweight prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison is only 19 but the part-time college student, who turned pro in 2011, already has a robust record of 17-0 with 10 knockouts.
Although not yet ready to fight top opposition, Hernandez-Harrison is starting to get a bit of exposure on bigger cards. Although he is a solid draw in his hometown of Washington, D.C., he made an appearance on the Gennady Golovkin-Matthew Macklin middleweight title fight undercard on June 29 and easily outpointed Ben Ankrah over six rounds.
Hernandez-Harrison fought again in August and will be back to take on 23-year-old Josh Torres (12-2-1, 5 KOs) of Albuquerque, N.M., in a scheduled 10-round fight for a youth title on the undercard of Golovkin’s defense against Curtis Stevens on Nov. 2 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Torres is riding a five-fight winning streak.
For any young fighter, an appearance at one of the most famous arenas in the world is a big deal, and it’s no different for Hernandez-Harrison.
"Fighting at Madison Square Garden is like a dream come true," said Hernandez-Harrison, who is trained by his father, Buddy Harrison. “I have a lot of family in New York and it will be great to fight in front of them. Washington, D.C., is my home and I really appreciate that the D.C. fans are making the trip to New York to support me.”
Hernandez-Harrison’s team is not going to push him too quickly. Buddy Harrison and All-In Entertainment promoter Jeff Fried know that the youngster needs experience. Dusty is OK with that.
"This is the type of fight I want," Hernandez-Harrison said. "I want to fight guys that are going to push me and bring out the best in me."