Dusty Hernandez Harrison and Thomas Lamanna to clash on Sept. 15
Welterweights Thomas Lamanna and Dusty Hernandez Harrison will now square off on Sept. 15, promoter J Russell Peltz announced Monday afternoon.
The 10-round bout will take place at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and will air live on CBS Sports Network.
The bout between Lamanna and Harrison was originally scheduled to take place at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. The fight was scratched when it was revealed that the hotel-casino was closing after Labor Day.
The closure date is Oct. 10.
The new date and venue worked out for all parties, as the fight will now be televised. Both fighters are very familiar with one another as they live on the East Coast and have sparred with one another.
“This is the kind of fight boxing needs at this juncture,” said longtime promoter and matchmaker Peltz. “We have two young prospects at the same level meeting in a logical location: New Jersey against Washington, DC in Philadelphia. Boxing needs more fights like this in this kind of setting. This is the best fight for each of these fighters at this point in their careers.”
Lamanna (21-1, 9 knockouts) stopped Engelberto Valenzuela in the first round of his most recent bout on July 22 in Atlantic City, not far from his hometown of Millville, New Jersey.
The 24-year-old Lamanna has won his last five bouts since being stopped by Antoine Douglas in March of last year.
Harrison (29-0-1, 16 KOs) has built a significant following around the Washington, D.C. area, where he resides.
In his most recent bout on May 13, Harrison fought to a draw against Mike Dallas Jr., in a bout in which both fighters were each dropped once.
Harrison, who sparred RING middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez earlier this year in San Diego, California, is promoted by Roc Nation Sports.
“This is a big opportunity for both of us,” said Harrison, who is two years Lamanna’s junior. “The winner will get a Top 15 world ranking by the IBF and that’s what this is about. I have known Thomas for a long time but that all goes out the window when we step in the ring.”
Lamanna believes the familiarity between both fighters from their sparring sessions will make for a good fight.
“I’ve been looking forward to this fight for a long time,” said Lamanna. “Our careers have run parallel. Dusty will bring plenty of fans to support him that night and the same goes for me. It’s an intriguing match for both of us and it’s in a natural setting where it belongs.”
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 (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.