Hernandez-Harrison vs. Soto: Live Round-by-Round Updates and Analysis
On Saturday, May 18, rising welterweight prospect Dusty Hernandez-Harrison dismantled Eddie Soto over five rounds. The pro-Hernandez-Harrison crowd at the University of the District of Columbia Sports Complex got their money's worth, being treated to a scintillating knockout.
Hernandez-Harrison took in the whole scene and went about his business in impressive fashion, never letting the arena’s chants of “Dusty, Dusty” get to his head.
Hernandez-Harrison dominated the fight from the opening bell, scoring knockdowns in Rounds 2 and Round 5.
The fight started with Soto coming forward and Hernandez-Harrison patiently picking his shots. Soto made the mistake of lunging in early on and was caught with sharp counter punches.
In the second round, Hernandez-Harrison was busier with his jab and began landing at ease. He also began finding a home for the lead right hand and eventually landed a quick combination which stunned and knocked Soto down for the first time in the bout.
As the fight wore on, Hernandez-Harrison broke Soto down with effective combinations and was able to end the fight with a great right hook. Soto hit the canvas hard and although he tried to get up, the ref had seen enough and stopped the action at the 2:48 mark of Round 5.
After the fight, Hernandez-Harrison was in great spirits and joked with Brandon Parker of The Washington Post, saying “Maybe now somebody here (UDC) will know me and I can copy off somebody’s homework”—alluding to the fact that he starts his college career at UDC in June.
With the dominant win, Hernandez-Harrison proved that he is mature enough to handle the bright lights, while at the same time putting on a crowd-pleasing performance.
Hernandez-Harrison earned career win number 15 to push his record to 15-0 with 9 KOs. Soto dropped his seventh consecutive fight, falling to 12-7 with 4 KOs.
We apologize for the connection issues during our live blog.
Jerry Odom just earned a fantastic first round knockout. Main event is up next!
I apologize, having some network problems but we have one more fight until the main event. Alison Carney just sang the heck out of the anthem!
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Crowd still filling in. We've just gotten word that Mike Reed will not be in action due to his opponent pulling out with an illness.
Welterweight Champion, Dusty Hernandez Harrison Vs. Eddie Soto at University of District of ColumbiaSportsComplex TODAY!!!!— Michelle Vessels (@mvroyalxtreme) May 18, 2013
Waiting for the first fights to get underway. Crowd is excited and filling in nicely.
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