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One opportunity they took advantage of was a smart one – to sign with Washington lawyer, sports agent and promoter Jeff Fried, president of All In Entertainment. Fried, who was former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe’s attorney, is one of the most connected people in boxing. He sees something special in Dusty Harrison’s future.

“In business and in sports we often describe someone possessing that intangible “it” factor,” Fried said. “This is generally attributable to not only skill sets but also the manner in which Dusty carries himself in and out of the ring. He has an uncanny grounded self accountability in his training and preparation that will continue to serve Dusty well as he continues to develop as a young professional athlete.”

They indeed will serve him well – but only if his left hook and right uppercut serve him as well in the ring Saturday night at the Garden.

Thom Loverro is co-host of “The Sports Fix,” noon to 2 p.m. daily on ESPN 980 radio and