By Gary "Digital" Williams
WI Contributing Writer
There is a youth movement going on in the boxing scene in the Washington, DC area, and we are talking about really young athletes. On the Keystone Boxing Promotions card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on Sat. May12, there were three boxers on the card who are in their senior year in high school, with two making their pro debuts in front of a packed house estimated at 1,200 spectators.
The most notable senior was welterweight "The Beltway Boricua" Dusty Harrison, who turned pro in 2011 at the age of 17. Just eight days away from his 18th birthday, Harrison, a native of D.C., turned in a relentless performance stopping Joey "Mundo" Ortega of Lowell, MA at 2:59 of the second round.
Harrison walked down his shorter opponent throughout the contest forcing Ortega to hang on to Harrison for dear life, even at the risk of referee Michelle Myers taking a point away, which she did midway through the second. But while Ortega was hanging on to Harrison's left arm, Harrison was pummeling Ortega with his right. Myers eventually halted the bout. Harrison is now 6-0, three KO's while Ortega is now 3-22, one KO, having faced an undefeated boxer for the 10th straight time.
Eighteen-year-old junior featherweight Shadeed Floyd of D.C. wasted no time in his pro debut dominating Tayshawn Autry of Garland, NC. and finishing him in just 54 seconds. Floyd was a highly-touted amateur who went the National Golden Gloves in 2010 in his first year as an open boxer. Floyd is trained by former lightweight and junior welterweight world title contender Darryll Tyson.
Another 18-year-old boxer, Dillon "The Stalker" Hayman of Frederick, MD, did exactly that as he hunted down Mike Arnold of Canton, OH and stopped him at 2:03 of the first round. Hayman wasted no time in coming forward and pummeling his opponent before the bout was stopped. Hayman also had the most unique ring entrance of the evening as he walked into the ring looking like one of the pro wrestler The Undertaker's druids to the sounds of Gregorian chants.
The main event saw D.C. junior welterweight prospect Ty Barnett score a seventh-round TKO over tough journeyman Robert "Don't Lose" DaLuz of Providence, RI.
Barnett was solid throughout going to the body and hurting DaLuz. The persistent body attack is relatively new for Barnett, who is now trained by former middleweight title contender Andrew Council, who was a noted body puncher. The bout was stopped at 1:18 of the seventh.
Barnett is now 20-2-1, 13 KO's while DaLuz is 13-41-3, five KO's. DaLuz was stopped for just the fifth time in his career.
Also on the card, Fort Washington, MD light heavyweight Thomas "Top Dog" Williams who remained undefeated with a first-round TKO over Jess "Thunder" Noriega of Lynchburg, VA. The bout was stopped at 2:11. Williams is now 8-0, five KO's. Noriega is now 0-2.
D.C. junior middleweight Ivan "King Shango" Ziglar scored a fifth-round TKO over Eric "Fast Hands" Burke of Columbus, OH. The time of the stoppage was 1:33 of the round. Ziglar is now 6-2-1, three KO's while Burke falls to 6-28-3, five KO's.
Renaldo "Misunderstood" Gaines, a junior lightweight from District Heights, MD, was in the most competitive bout of the evening, going a tough four rounds with the debuting James Young of Lincolnton, NC. The two men rocked each other throughout the contest before Gaines won a unanimous decision to raise his record to 2-0.
Debuting D.C. junior middleweight Harold "Sweet Lee" Parker scored a third-round TKO over the equally-debuting Marcus "Mr. Fix-it" Bess of Columbia, SC. Parker used a strong body attack to gain the victory at 2:25 of the third.
Among the luminaries in the crowd were former WBO Junior Welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley, heavyweight contender Tony "The Tiger" Thompson and Thomas "KO" Snow. The bout was promoted by Keystone Boxing and the matchmaker was Brian Dillon.