Roc Nation Sports will once again electrify boxing fans when they bring Washington D.C.’s undefeated Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (29-0, 16 KOs), to the ring for a 10-round welterweight bout against Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. (21-3-1, 10 KOs) at the DC Armory. The Friday, May 13 fight will headline an evening of throne boxing that will be televised live on BET beginning at 10 p.m. ET.
Hernandez-Harrison said he can’t wait to put on his gloves and return to the ring in his hometown in what many have called his toughest test to date.
“I am really excited that my 30th fight will take place in southeast D.C., where I was born and raised,” he said. “It will be great to be back in D.C. where I haven’t fought since 2014 and I can’t wait to put on a show for all the fans in attendance and watching across the nation on BET.”
His opponent said he’s ready too.
“I’ve heard Dusty is pretty good, but I will be the biggest step up for him by far,” Dallas said. “At 147 pounds, I feel very strong. I’m more mature and more focused. I’m back.”
Roc Nation Sports COO of boxing David Itskowitch commented positively on how D.C. residents have recently embraced boxing.
“We look forward to bringing Dusty Hernandez-Harrison back to fight in front of his hometown fans against Mike Dallas Jr. in the midst of the professional boxing resurgence that is taking place in Washington, D.C.,” said David Itskowitch. “We’re proud to bring one of D.C.’s own to the District amidst this resurgence. Fans in attendance at the DC Armory and those watching across the country on BET have a great night of throne boxing and entertainment in store for them.”
A BET Networks executive shared similar views.
“Roc Nation Sports has proven to be an innovator in the entertainment space and as we continue to grow and expand our partnership, BET is thrilled to offer content as diverse as our audience,” said Stephen G. Hill, president of programming, BET Networks.
Local business leader Events DC agreed that bringing boxing to the DC Armory has been a win-win for fans and promoters.
“We are thrilled to welcome Roc Nation Sports and BET to the historic DC Armory” said Erik A. Moses, senior vice president and managing director at Events DC. “It is certainly another capital moment in D.C., considering the rich history of professional boxing. We’re still a fight town and to have the opportunity to showcase that again in the DC Armory is a prodigious honor.”
The May 13 event will also feature the professional debut of highly-touted Philadelphia heavyweight prospect Darmani “Rock Solid” Rock against an opponent to be determined.
D.C.’s Hernandez-Harrison, who has been touted as the city’s “best boxing prospect since Sugar Ray Leonard” by Washingtonian Magazine, began fighting when he was just six and became a sanctioned amateur at the age of eight.
On June 11, 2011, Hernandez-Harrison made his pro debut defeating Alphonso Alexander by unanimous decision at the Desoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. He signed with Roc Nation Sports in January 2015.
His opponent, Mike Dallas Jr., was born into a boxing family and tabbed by experts during his teen years as a future professional star. At age 29, he’s in the midst of a comeback that lands him in a fight which experts describe as the most important fight of his life.
Roc Nation Sports’ Darmani Rock, 19, is already drawing comparisons to former heavyweight greats of the past. Rock has received high praise for his powerful jab and ambidexterity. Standing at 6’4″, he moves with an unparalleled lightness and speed for a fighter his size. He ended his amateur career as the number one rated super heavyweight in the United States and the number five rated super heavyweight in the world.
In addition to the great action inside the ring, the May 13 edition of throne boxing on BET will feature several notable Roc Nation Sports touches that offer a unique fan experience, including a live musical performance as well as a host and a name DJ to keep the energy at a high level throughout the event.
Tickets priced at $75, $50 and $35, not including applicable service charges and taxes are available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com and charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.