World-class professional boxing returns to the nation’s capital on Saturday, September 4, 2021, as longtime friends and former opponents in the ring, Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna and Dusty Hernandez-Harrison as well as longtime advisor to Harrison, Mike Walters, are joining forces to promote “Beltway Battles: The Inauguration”.
This is the first in a series of cards the two will be promoting in Washington, DC at the state-of-the-art Entertainment & Sports Arena, home of WNBA champion Washington Mystics and the Capital City Go-Go of the NBA. G-League. This event will mark the return of professional boxing to the Washington, DC area after more than 18 months due to the pandemic layoff.
The series’ inaugural card, promoted by Rising Star Promotions in association with Events DC, DHH Promotions and TCMFB Boxing, will be headlined by Southeast Washington, DC, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison, a native of Southeast Washington, in a fight scheduled for 10 rounds.
Harrison, who has an impressive professional record of 34-0-1 with 20 knockouts, is currently leading a four-fight streak since gaining weight. The main co-event will feature fan favorite Demond Nicholson (23-4-1, 20KO) of Laurel, Md., Will face Decarlo Perez of New Jersey (17-6-1, 5KO) in a scheduled bout. eight rounds. .
“The support I received at DC has always been the driving force of my career”,
Harrison said. “I haven’t fought in the city since 2016 so it’s great to be able to fight at home again and doing it in the South East makes it all the more special.
“Teaming up with Cornflake (LaManna) to promote this series of shows is like a dream come true. I want to bring a world title fight to DC, and this is the first step in getting there. Former world middleweight title challenger LaManna is the latest fighter to go the distance with unbeaten Harrison in the ring. Harrison earned a 10-round decision victory over his USBA-IBF welterweight championship co-promoter in 2016.
“I can’t wait to continue my career in boxing by promoting big cards in different
markets and giving people like Dusty, who beat me, the opportunity to get to where I did, which is a chance for a world championship, ”said LaManna. “Rising Star Promotions has the ability to bring these fighters to the Promised Land.” Honestly, I’m very excited to see Nicholson and Perez, ”added LaManna.“ Nicholson is going to be looking to impress his fans and get back into the running for the better. world title, but Perez is no joke.I think this fight is going to be a war as long as it goes on.
Nicholson comes out of what should be considered a heroic performance by being the only man to see the final bell and break the 16-game first-round knockout streak of rising superstar Edgar Berlanga in a losing effort to ESPN. Perez won the New Jersey State Championship in his last fight with a decisive victory over state rival Antowyan Aikens.
Rounding out the undercard, local fan favorite light heavyweight Sam “The Vanilla Gorilla” Crossed (11-1 6KOs) of Greenbelt, Md., Who has been on a two-fight streak since his controversial loss to cruiserweight Nick Kisner. for the State of Maryland Championship in 2020. Undefeated heavyweight Christopher Arnold (3-0 3KOs) of Fredericksburg, Va., a pair of US Marines, DC native lightweight Donnell Poe (1-0 1KO) and Bantamweight Rianna Rios (1-0) of Upper Marlboro, MD., will appear on the card along with former Golden Boy Promotions welterweight prospect Cornell “Hitman” Hines (5-1, 2KO). More fights will be announced in the coming weeks.