Mike Dallas Jr vs Dusty Hernandez-Harrison, Darmani Rock vs Black, Orlando Del Valle vs Snow
BY KID HERSH
Throne boxing on BET from Washington, D.C. Armory. First up was Orlando Del Valle (not Oscar like the intro stated) (20-2, 15ko's) vs Thomas Snow (18-2, 12ko's). The first round was a big feeler for both fighters but it looked like a Snow type of fight as he kept Del Valle from throwing punches and very tentative due to a consistent jab being stuck in his face. Del Valle came out more aggressive in the second round. The pressure caught up with Snow two minutes into the round when he caught Snow with a right hand that stiffened his legs and sent him to the canvas. Luckily for Snow there wasn't a whole lot of time left in the round and so he made it through by getting on his wheels. He was in trouble midway through the third round again from a left hand this time (terrible announcing getting this wrong also and saying multiple times it was a right hand) and made it out of the round because he is one tough hombre but also probably more so because he came in great shape, trained to a T, getting him out of the round. It also didn't help that Del Valle is not putting his shots together to take his man out and instead is looking a bit wild and confused as Snow gets on his wheels again. In the coming rounds Del Valle was all over Snow, who was circling the ring and trying to keep distance from Del Valle as he was on him like flies on shit. He just seems to lack the ability to set up his shots properly to get the knockout. He has endless energy but just can't quite seem to put it together perfectly for the knockout that you would think he would have already back in the third round. The rounds were very similar going down the stretch with the exception of the seventh round changing hands, as Snow had a great round with Del Valle seeming to lack energy for a rare instance. Snow took advantage of it, getting his shots off first and making Del Valle question himself for a majority of the round. Del Valle took back over in the final round with Snow getting on his wheels and seeming to lose confidence from the previous success in the seventh round. Del Valle would win the UD that was far too close for my liking at 96-94 across the cards.
Next up was Darmani "Rock Solid" Rock, who doesn't exactly look "Rock Solid" but this is a heavyweight with a deep amateur career that showed in his first fight as he was patient but yet at the same time blasted Carlos Black out with no trouble. Can’t wait to see more of this Philly heavyweight.
After the musical performance (talented woman but a bit strange in a boxing ring) we got to the main event which featured Mike Dallas Jr. (21-3-1, 10ko's) vs Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (29-0, 16ko's). In the first round Dallas got off to a good start by simply being busy as Dusty just stared at him. The second round was more of the same with Dusty looking a little more interested and landing a few more shots while finally unloading a right hand that landed near the end of the round but not doing enough to steal it on my card. The third round was a lot like the previous and the fourth round finally saw Dusty come to life a bit but just barely enough to make it a close round because he was fighting in spurts. The fifth round was very interesting, with Dusty having his best of the fight but then slowly going back to inactivity yet again and getting caught with a right hand followed by a lightning left hook to the chin that put Dusty down! Huge upset there, I bet no one sa2 that coming. I thought they were fairly even skills-wise but I never would have thought Dallas had the power to put him down. He rose and made it through the round while luckily not having much left to make it to a much needed break. In the sixth round Dallas teed off with more with right hands consecutively that Harrison just couldn't get away from. The seventh round saw the heart of Dusty as he came back fighting very hard and is showing great stamina and energy. The eighth round was interesting as early on a knockdown was called on Dallas when he was protesting body work Dusty was putting in and went to his knees complaining, with the referee calling it a knockdown while he still protested. He rose and looked fine, still having energy and making it through the round just fine but it has me wondering if this poor bastard is going to get robbed being the hometown guy and hyped prospect. As for the blow - I am not so sure that anything was low which also makes me wonder if Dallas is gassing? In any case the ninth round saw Dusty going heavily to the body still with great success but perhaps too little too late in the fight to score the knockout he needs. The tenth round was a great one for Harrison as he put his punches together (finally) and had nice combinations that he caught Dallas with, who was surprisingly standing toe to toe with him and taking better than he was giving. It showed real balls but he was on the receiving end of another lost round that would prove to be disastrous for him (whether warranted or not) because the cards came in a SD draw!! Wow, Dallas really won that fight and even the announcer David Diamante was shaking his head in disgust. Hometown! I must say that the knockdown and the late rounds were a sweep for Dusty but it was just not enough still in my opinion. Dusty said he would not only give him a rematch in Bakersfield California (his backyard) but that he would fight him again tonight right now - as the corners nearly got into a brawl.