The news was emailed to someone on his team from Roc Nation less than a week ago.
Dusty Hernandez-Harrison waited until after his buddy Sam Crossed aka The Vanilla Gorilla fought and then sent out a press release.
Then, he sighed in relief. A HARD exhale because it’s been almost two years since he last fought, and, duh, this being the pro game, you don’t get in the fray, you don’t get the pay.
So, can the Southeast DC resident fill us in a bit more on the contract dissolution between him and the Jay Z boxing arm?
“We just had different ideas on the path my career should take,” Dusty said. “A lay off for almost two years wasn’t doing anyone any good so we decided to go our separate ways.”
The 30-0-1 boxer isn’t keen to put it all under a microscope.
“Hopefully, I’ll have a big announcement about a fight late August in my hometown,” the 24-year-old shared.
“Yes, I once fought eight or nine times in 12 months so to go nearly two years without a fight as a young fighter has been damn near the hardest time in my life. These last two years I have sat in a cell, seen one of my closest friends in a casket, nearly lost my house, have had no money in my pocket countless nights, I mean I could go on and on. I am more than ready to be back in the ring!”
His buddy Aujee “Quick” Tyler was shot and killed in DC, in March. He’d been joyous at turning pro and “making it out of the hood” but so sadly, felt the bite of the dark side of DC.
Dusty is happy that a gun charge against him has been dismissed, and he will be free to fight and flourish more so in the capitalism pool. All in all, the Roc parting was “mutually amicable,” he told us. Roc exec Dino Duva said they “wish Dusty the best.”
Onward and upward, the fighter maintains. Smart take, being that, as he puts it, “the bills damn sure don’t stop coming!”