The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York – Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (25-0. 13 KOs) dominated New York native Tommy “The Razor” Rainone (22-6-1, 4 KOs) atop Fox Sports 1’s Friday Night Telecast, presented by rapper Jay Z’s fledgling Roc Nation Sports. With the exception of the first round and a few fleeting moments throughout the fight, Hernandez-Harrison dominated the action. In the opening bout of the night, Tuerano Johnson stopped Alex Theran in six rounds.
The first round began with Hernandez-Harrison on the offensive and Rainone moving around the ring. While Hernandez looked to settle in and find openings for his punches, Rainone looked to move in and out. Both men had their moments in the second round, but Hernandez-Harrison edged the round.
Hernandez-Harrison began the third round throwing his shots with more conviction, when he got in close Rainone grabbed and held on. Hernandez-Harrison was often able to free a hand and rip Rainone to the body.. His shots began to move Rainone around the ring and produce redness and swelling on the face of the New York native, Rainone. The occasional hit on the break turned into a full on MMA takedown at the end of the third round, and culminated in a warning to both fighters in the fourth.
The fourth round saw Hernandez-Harrison begin to land even more. In one instance Rainone was caught with a left hook as he darted in and a right cross as he moved out of range. Rainone settled back in to start the fifth round, popping his jab and looking to stop Hernandez-Harrison’s forward advance.
Hernandez-Harrison had Rainone in trouble in the seventh, but he was unable to put him away. Rainone, to his credit, came back to put Hernandez-Harrison momentarily on the defensive, but Hernandez-Harrison took control in the last minute of the round.
The last few rounds saw Hernandez-Harrison putting on just enough pressure to keep Rainone from trying anything cute, and Rainone fought to survive. Two judges at ringside scored the fight 100-90, the third scored the fight 99-91 in favor of Hernandez-Harrison. The Boxing Tribune also acored the fight 99-91 in favor of Hernandez-Harrison.
Tureano Johnson (16-1, 11 KOs) stopped Alex Theran (17-1, 9 KOs) in the opening bout of Roc Nation’s inaugural boxing promotion. Johnson was the aggressor from the get-go. He came out putting pressure on Theran, switching back and forth between a conventional and southpaw stance, ripping Theran with wild overhand shots and digs to the body.
Theran was able to occasionally catch Johnson on the way in, but was unable to do more than hold on for dear life while Johnson chipped away at him. Theran came out to some early success in round 4, but Johnson was able to quickly turn things around and score a knockdown when Theran took a knee after a big right hand shook him.
Theran went down again in round five, when he appeared to injure his leg after an aggressive Tureano Johnson onslaught. Ringside doctors examined Theran after round five and confirmed Theran suffered a knee injury. Theran was unwilling to go out against his trainer’s insistence the fight continue.
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