Friday night at the Washington D.C. Armory was a homecoming for undefeated welterweight, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison ( 29-0, 16 KOs) who squared off against Mike Dallas, Jr., (21-3-1, 10 KOs) of Bakersfield, CA. in a 10-round, welterweight bout.
Ranked number 24th in the world by the WBC and fresh off his sparring partner duties with Canelo Alvarez as he was preparing for his fight against Amir Khan last week, Hernandez-Harrison
was generating a lot of buzz as a local product emerging into the main stream of boxing. Dallas was to be a formidable test.
The fight was showcased as a Throne Boxing, Roc Nation affair televised live on BET with live streaming through entertainment platform, TIDAL. Throne Boxing, Roc Nation and TIDAL are all Jay Z affiliate companies.
The crowd was fairly subdued throughout the night aside from engagement by professional hype man and special host, Big Tigger. Justine Skye and Cipha Sounds also provided entertainment during the evening.
As is quite often the case in boxing these days, the scorecard didn't reflect the actual fight people were watching in the arena. At the end of the contest, the fight was called a Split Draw.
Hernandez-Harrison seemed to get off to a slow start while Dallas peppered him with hooks to the head and body shots before Hernandez-Harrison was knocked down in the fifth round.
It appeared to be a route in the making with Dallas seemingly ahead for much of the fight before a controversial call in the eight round where Dallas took what he thought was a low blow before dropping to the canvas. The referee began his count and Dallas jumped up quickly to protest the call.
The remaining rounds provided thrilling exchanges as both men looked to close each other out before the judges could render their decision. In the end, the three judges score the contest 96-92, 95-94 and 94-94. Hernandez-Harrison escaped without a blemish on his unbeaten record and Dallas was left wondering if he had just had a bad plate of home cooking.
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Darryl Keeton is an avid striking, grappling and wrestling fan living in Upper Marlboro, MD. He holds a black belt in Taekwondo and is also a practitioner of Combat Jujutsu, Boxing and Muay Thai.