Philly’s Rock set to make pro debut on Roc Nation card

Darmani Rock makes his much anticipated pro debut Friday night in DC
(Darmani Rock makes his much anticipated pro debut Friday night in DC)

Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Philadelphia amateur standout prospect Darmani Rock will make his pro debut Friday night when he tangles against Carlos Blake at the DC Armory in a scheduled four-round heavyweight clash.

The Throne Boxing/Roc Nation card will be aired on BET and Rock’s fight is slated to be the opening televised bout.

Rock was standout amateur and had a brilliant 2014 campaign when consistently won almost every international competition he competed in. He won the Youth World Championships, and in 2015 he won the US National Amateur Super Heavyweight Championship, but suffered a setback at the Olympic Trials.

The 20-year-old signed a promotional deal with Roc Nation and gets a good opportunity to showcase his skills when he takes on Black (1-3)

The main event will pit Dusty Hernandez-Harrison against Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. in a scheduled 10-round welterweight contest.

Harrison (29-0, 16ko’s) is coming off a second-round stoppage against Angel Hernandez last January. Harrison, a Roc Nation signee, has been able to stop his last three opponents, but Dallas to many is a major step up in competition.

Dallas, Jr. fought for the interim WBC Super Lightweight title and was knocked out by Lucas Matthysse in the first round in January of 2013 in Las Vegas, NV, and should prove to be a stiff test for the upstart Harrison, who broke ties from his father/trainer Buddy.

In a battle of Beltway heavyweights, undefeated heavy-hitter Mike Balogun (5-0, 4ko’s)squares off against Devon Mosley (0-4-1) in a four-round contest, while cruiserweight Sam “The Vanilla Gorilla” Crossed (2-0, 1ko) takes on Damion Reed in a four-round fight.

Reed (2-13-1, 1ko) has not fought since being knocked out by Albi Sadikaj in the third round of their 2013 bout.

Puerto Rico’s Abner Cotto (19-3, 9ko’s) will face Juan Jose “Pinocho” Beltran (29-25-3, 18ko’s) in a super lightweight bout, while highly touted Junior Younan (8-0, 6ko’s) battles Austin “Speedy” Marcum in a light heavyweight title slated for six rounds.

Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Junior Younan of Brooklyn, NY (8-0, six KO’s) will be in a six-round contest against Austin “Speedy” Marcum of Breedon, WVA.  Younan won a four-round unanimous decision over Cristian Solorzano on March 26 in Oakland, CA.  Marcum (10-6-1, five KO’s) has won four straight contests but steps up in competition against Younan.

Rounding out the card, will be Zhang “Big Bang” Zhilei (8-0, 6ko’s) out of China, battling an opponent to be determined in a six-round heavyweight bout.

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