Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Dusty Hernandez-Harrison overcame a sluggish start and was able to outwork Thomas LaManna late, en route to an unanimous 10-round decision to claim the vacant USBA welterweight title Thursday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, PA.
Harrison (30-0-1, 16KO’s) was slow getting out of the gate, as LaManna was able to use his jab to take the first round. The contest was back and forth over the next several rounds, as Harrison was able to land an occasional right hand. He was able to also set the pace after LaManna was able to secure the third round.
In the third round, it appeared that LaManna was able to steal the momentum and land some heavy blows, but over the next couple of rounds, Harrison grew stronger and landed more power shots. The next three rounds saw Harrison the more active boxer, landing more blows and finding his range and rhythm.
It was a different story for LaManna, who began to tire in round six and his condition clearly was an issue late. He had no power behind any of his shots and when he did they did not do any damage at all.
The judges saw it 97-93 (Tom Schreck), 97-93 (Dana De Paulo), and 98-92 (Bernard Bruni).
JMB scored it 97-93 in favor of Harrison, who will now be ranked in the Top-15 world rankings of the IBF.
A game and gritty LaManna fell to 21-2, with 9 knockouts.