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Dusty Hernandez-Harrison vs. Mike Dallas ends in a draw

Fighters Network
14
May

Welterweight Mike Dallas came to fight Friday night, and he also came to win.

It looked as though he’d achieved both after 10 very competitive rounds with Dusty Hernandez-Harrison. To his chagrin, two of the three judges thought otherwise.

Dallas and Hernandez-Harrison fought to a split-decision draw before an announced crowd of 2,663 at the DC Armory in Washington, D.C.

Hernandez-Harrison goes to 29-0-1 (16 knockouts) while Dallas goes to 21-3-2 (10 KOs).



Dallas was brought in as a test for Hernandez-Harrison, who was fighting in his hometown. The Bakersfield, California, resident had faced but lost to Mauricio Herrera, Josesito Lopez, and Lucas Matthysse. He was knocked out by Matthysse in the first round.

While Dallas returned from a three-year hiatus after the Matthysse fight with two consecutive wins over nondescript opposition, Roc Nation handlers believed Dallas was a safe enough opponent for Hernandez-Harrison.

It did not look like it during the first three rounds, as Dallas used his speed and athleticism to beat Hernandez-Harrison to the punch. Whether it was a jab or right hand, Dallas followed up each of those with an additional punch or two to the head and body.

Hernandez-Harrison, who recently spent time in training camp with Canelo Alvarez, finally got on track in the fourth round, closing the distance and scoring more with right hands to the head. The rally was short-lived as Dallas scored a knockdown in Round 5, courtesy of a right-left combination to the head.

Harrison-Hernandez stepped up his aggression going into the second half of the fight, but ended up hitting Dallas behind the head at times. Sensing he was down on the scorecards, Hernandez-Harrison began attacking Dallas more to the body.

In the eighth round, Hernandez-Harrison dropped Dallas with what appeared to be a low blow. Dallas complained to referee Malik Waleed about the punch landing low, but Waleed continued counting, forcing Dallas to immediately get up while he was still hurt.

Round 10 was the best as both fighters went for broke. Both stood in the pocket, trading combinations up until the final bell, bringing the partisan crowd to its feet.

One judge scored the bout 95-94 for Hernandez-Harrison, another judge scored the fight 96-92 for Dallas, while the third judge tallied a 94-94 scorecard. RingTV scored the bout 95-93 in favor of Dallas.

After the fight, both almost came to blows as emotions ran high.

Dallas barked about getting jobbed, while the Hernandez-Harrison, who turns 22 next Saturday, threw out a solution.

“I’ll fight him in Bakersfield. I’ll fight him again.”

In other bouts:

– Fringe junior featherweight Luis Orlando Del Valle (22-2, 15 KOs) dropped Thomas Snow twice early in the fight en route to an eight-round unanimous decision. The southpaw Snow (18-3, 12 KOs) rallied in the second half of the fight, but was not able to overcome the knockdowns, as all three judges scored the bout 76-74 in favor of Del Valle.

– 2015 National Golden Gloves and U.S. National Amateur champion Darmani Rock was successful in his pro debut, knocking out Carlos Black (1-4) in the first round. Rock staggered Black before ending matters with a left hook to the head, dropping Black to the canvas. Referee Michelle Myers waved the fight over at 1:54.

– Cruiserweight Sam Crossed, who reportedly sold over $10,000 in tickets, improved to 3-0 (1 KO) with a four-round majority decision over Damion Reed (2-14-1, 1 KO). One judge scored the bout 38-38, but was overruled by scorecards of 40-36 and 39-37.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, Boxingscene.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

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