Jesse Hart was intent on making this fight and his coming home a night to remember. It was !! This past Friday night at the 2300 Arena Hart fought Dashon Johnson in a 10-round super middleweight bout in front of a sold out crowd – they had to turn away fans at the door.
Thought Hart controlled the fight for most of the night, he suffered a devastating knockdown in the waning seconds of the 10th – when Johnson hit Hart with a pair of overhand rights, before clobbering the him with another looping right that floored Hart with :15 left round. Hart beat the count, but barely. He won the fight by scores of 98-91, 97-92 and 95-94 in a unanimous 10-round decision.
However, every fan at the event and online on GFL.tv knew that if the 10th round had not ended or if there was another round, there was a good chance Hart would have been in serious trouble of not finishing the fight.
In the 6th round Johnson hit Hart in the back of the head after the bell ended the sixth—and hurt him, knocking him down. A groggy Hart answered the bell in the seventh, and Johnson pressed the action, making what had to that time been a lopsided fight into something fairly competitive.
If there is any question in your mind – the video says a thousand words.
Hart acknowledged the toughness of the fighter stating “That kid was a tough journeyman, I hit him with everything but the kitchen sink, and in the last round, I got careless… I took my eight-count on my knee, tied him up and I got busy boxing. He was coming. He was a road warrior. I beat him every single round, and he hit me in the back of the head (after the sixth round). I got hit in the last round. Most fighters would have quit. I kept rumbling. I won every round decisively.”