On Saturday, May 18, rising welterweight prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (14-0, 8 KO) will face his toughest professional challenge in veteran Eddie Soto (12-6, 4 KO). The bout is scheduled for eight rounds and is being held at the University of the District of Columbia Sports Complex in Washington, D.C.
The fight—which is being sponsored by Epix Sports and Jordan Brand Apparel—is a coming-out party for the 18-year-old Hernandez-Harrison, who will be starting classes at UDC in June, according to The Washington Post.
Hernandez-Harrison, who is coming off a six-round unanimous-decision win over Jonathan Garcia, has earned praise for his poise inside and outside of the ring. As Hernandez-Harrison told The Washington Post, he “wants it all” in boxing, but he’s not rushing to try and achieve championship status just yet.
In Soto, Hernandez-Harrison will be facing an opponent who has fought tough competition but has lost against his best foes. He is probably best known for his blistering knockout loss at the hands of Jose Gonzalez, who recently came close to defeating Ricky Burns for the WBO lightweight title.
Can Soto turn in a career-defining performance and derail the young superstar in waiting?
Read on for my preview and prediction of Hernandez-Harrison vs. Soto.