While we're still anxiously awaiting Rakontur's Dawg Fight documentary about backyard brawling in Miami-Dade, the P.T. Barnum/Spartan of Perrine Dhafir Harris, AKA Dada 5000, is gearing up for his last big event this Saturday. "I'm calling it Red October," Harris says. "There is going to be a lot of red in that 12x12 ring."
We've been chronicling Harris since the early days of his backyard fights in 2008, watching every local and national press outlet follow-up our cover story with their own stylized coverage of the bare-knuckle pugilism that goes down in the backyard of his mom's bright green-colored house on SW 179th Street. Unless a television production company offers him a reality series, Harris says he's done after Oct. 27.
"I don't want to become stagnant," he says. "I've already proven myself by taking backyard fighting to the mainstream masses."
Indeed. ESPN's E:60 featured Harris and his blood-curdling circuit last year. It doesn't get more mainstream than that. Since then, the Perrine Spartan has been promoting his own entertainment career. He plays a cage fighter in Akon's video for the song "Hurt Somebody." Harris also says he is being courted by some big names in boxing, including rapper 50 Cent. "I have a lot of opportunities on the table to take my game to the next level," he says.
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For Saturday's six-card event, Harris says he will have his own film crew on hand and plans to use the footage to make his own backyard fights video. "It's a precursor to the Rakontur documentary," Harris explains. "And I wanted the guys fighting on Saturday to have something because they know this is the last one."
Obviously, Saturday's combatants are not up-and-coming professional fighters. They're neighborhood brawlers with names like Ghost, Choc, Yello Boy, Bay Bay, Boom Dock, and Wee Wee.
"Boom Dock is a dude who was on his way to going pro," Harris offers. "But he got sidetracked because of problems with the law. He got caught driving with a suspended license while he was on probation. He had to go to jail for two years. He's back now and ready to make a statement."