Friday, February 03, 2023  |


Hernandez-Harrison, Johnson pick up wins on Roc Nation debut


Dusty Hernandez-Harrison was touted as the best prospect from D.C. since Sugar Ray Leonard on Friday night’s “Throne Boxing” telecast.

Nobody is straining to decide who would win a “dream matchup” between him and Marvin Hagler after his performance in the main event, but he’s still undefeated.

Hernandez defeated Tommy Rainone via wide unanimous decision in the main event debut offering of Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports’ new boxing outfit at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The 20-year-old up and comer was tasked with an awkward style matchup in Rainone (22-6-1, 4 knockouts), a shifty southpaw with little power and even less desire to move forward. As a result, the six-foot tall welterweight was forced to bend down and march forward, a role he’s not particularly accustomed to.

Though Rainone had some success in the first round timing his jab from the outside, Hernandez soon stepped on the pedal and took over the fight. Hernandez wasn’t visibly dominant in any wayÔÇöhe was simply a better fighter.

In Round 7, Hernandez appeared to have Rainone hurt with a short right hand, and began opening up along the ropes looking for a knockout. However, as he did all night, the crafty New York club veteran was able to hold on at opportune times to slow the pace back down.

The scorecards reflected the relatively dull one-way action, with Hernandez (35-0, 13 KOs) getting the nod by tallies of 99-91, and 100-90 twice.

In the night’s opener, middleweight fringe contender Tureano Johnson dominated Alex Theran en route to a fifth-round TKO.

Johnson (18-1, 13 KOs) employed his trademark high tempo, pressure fighting style, but with a twist. The 30-year old fought almost exclusively as an orthodox fighter, eschewing his usual southpaw stance.

His footing wouldn’t matter much, as he spent nearly all of the night right on top of Theran’s chest, nearly doubling his opponent in both punch output and punches landed, according to the telecast’s statkeepers.

Theran (17-2, 10 KOs) briefly started to have some success moving around the ring, but a short right hand dropped him to the canvas with less than a minute left in the fourth round.

Things wouldn’t get any better for him, as a right hand to the body dropped him once again in the fifth. On his descent to the floor, Theran appeared to injure his knee, as he spent the waning moments of the round hobbling around the perimeter.

During the break at the end of the frame, the ringside physician consulted with him, and the Colombian decided he did not wish to continue.

With the win, Johnson nets the WBC silver middleweight title, which effectively just moves him up the rankings in that particular sanctioning body. Prior to the bout, Johnson shared some lofty goals with

“The pinnacle of my career is to fight the best fighter in my division, and in my eyes, Gennady Golovkin is that guy,” said Johnson, 30, Nassau, Bahamas. “Champions have to fight champions, and gone are the days when that happens regularly. But hopefully the world will see that Tureano is worthy of fighting Golovkin. Unlike Peter Quillin, who runs away from Matt Korobov. You’re going to see Tureano step up.”

Celebrities in attendance on the night included actor Jake Gyllenhaal, R&B singer Rihanna, and New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabbathia.