Friday, November 1, 2013
Hernandez-Harrison to fulfill dream
By Dan Rafael
Welterweight prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison of Washington, D.C., is fighting in one of the bouts on the undercard of Saturday night's Gennady Golovkin-Curtis Stevens fight at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Hernandez-Harrison (17-0, 10 KOs) will face Josh Torres (12-2-1, 5 KOs) in a 10-rounder. It's not a major fight and will not be part of the HBO telecast. Many who will be coming to the show probably won't even arrive until Hernandez-Harrison's bout is over.
But for the 19-year-old, the fight fulfills one of his many boxing dreams. A world title, of course, tops that list, but fighting at the famed Madison Square Garden? He can scratch that off his bucket list by the end of the weekend.
Earlier this week, Buddy Harrison, Dusty's father and trainer, recounted the story of Oct. 2, 2004 in an email.
"I saved up enough money to take him to Madison Square Garden to see his favorite fighter Felix Trinidad, who was fighting Ricardo Mayorga," Harrison wrote.
Trinidad had exited a 2½-year retirement to face Mayorga, whom he stopped in the eighth round on an electrifying night at the Garden. I was ringside covering the fight, but the Harrisons were not so close. Not that it mattered. They were just happy to be there.
"Our seats were far from the ring as you could possibly get," Harrison said. "However, it didn't matter, because we were there. Anyway, as Felix Trinidad walks out and the entire place is going crazy. I tell the skinny 10-year-old Dusty that if you keep training hard and give it everything you got, you too will one day be fighting here. And here we are on the way to the Garden in NYC. On the train, just the two of us, just like it was when he was 10."
Some dreams do come true.