Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Rising prospect Jesse Hart earned a 10-round hard-fought and gritty win Friday night against Dashon Johnson in the main event at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia and in the process retained his USBA and WBO NABO regional super middleweight titles.
Hart (20-0, 16ko’s) battled all night long against the upset-minded Johnson, who made the long trek from California with the hopes off pulling out the most impressive win of his solid career.
After Hart ripped off five solid rounds, round sixth saw Johnson nearly pull off the upset and derail the undefeated prospect’s titles hopes in one vicious barrage of punches. Johnson (19-18-3, 6ko’s) caught Hart with a nasty overhand right that landed square on Hart’s head.
He then followed that up with another left and another right, as Hart stumbled along the ropes. He was saved by the bell and made it out of the round, but the pesky Johnson kept coming forward on the attack.
Another brilliant right hand dropped Hart, who fell right on his backside, but referee Ernie Sharif did not call it a knockdown, instead he determined that the blow came late.
Hart came out in the seventh round still dazed from the onslaught of punches thrown by Johnson.
But, the Philly native, took the shots and again made it out of the round without further damage as he hung on the last two rounds to earn the win.