Jerson Ravelo's Homecoming to the Brick City Is a Hit!
By Danny Serratelli at ringside, Doghouse Boxing and Brick City (Nov 21, 2008) Doghouse Boxing
World class professional referee, Harvey Dock promoted his first professional boxing card Wednesday night under his newly formed promotional company HD Promotions. The show was a success that featured an exciting main event between The Brick City's own Super Middleweight, Jerson Ravelo, 19-3, 12 KO's and tough Philadelphia veteran, Dhafir Smith, 20-19-6, 4 KO's. The show also featured a strong co-feature between another hot local prospect, Michael Torres, 12-0, 7 KO's against the rugged Kpakpo Alloytey,
16-6, 14 KO's.

Jerson Ravelo has experienced many ups and downs in the sport, and in life, but his will remains strong. His dedication and heart can not be questioned and he feels he still has some big fights left in him. A documentary about his life was featured at the Tribeca film festival in New York City last week (see for information). Ravelo was showcased on this show appropriately titled, "The Homecoming", because this was his first fight in his home city, of Newark, New Jersey.

Boxing insiders and local fans expected an action packed and competitive fight and they got what they paid for. After this show was postponed from the date it was originally planned for a few weeks ago, both fighters stayed on to fight each other in this main event. Smith has a very deceiving record due to the fact that he often takes fights on short notice, has fought primarily top fighters, and often travels to his opponent's home towns for fights. With the time to train properly, Smith always shows that he is a very competitive and durable fighter.

Ravelo controlled the action for much of the way with a stiff jab, a big right hand that found its mark several times along with some good body shots. Smith to his credit appeared to have a plan, to time Ravelo and drop the left hook on him when Ravelo dropped or missed with the big right hand. By the 3rd round, Smith started to connect with some well placed left hooks, and landed his best punch of the fight in that round. However, Ravelo appeared to make the proper adjustments at that point and he showed that he was in top shape as he often beat Smith to the punch with the jab and a straight right hand. Smith to his credit pressed on and was dangerous throughout, but Ravelo came to earn his pay and fought hard, apparently looking for a knockout several times in the fight and finishing strong. Smith showed that he had a hell of a chin several times in the fight when Ravelo caught him with very clean hard punches, but Smith was still there.

For Ravelo who has lost 2 of his last 4 fights, this was a great fight for him to get 8 rounds of good work with a solid opponent. Ravelo did not sit between rounds, his legs looked great and he looked fresh from beginning to end. He scored a unanimous decision with all 3 judges scoring the fight 79-73. Ravelo is excited to set back into the ring as soon as possible as inactivity throughout his career has been his worst enemy. Anyone interested in featuring Ravelo on upcoming shows, sponsoring him or seeking any other information on the talented Brick City fighter can email for information.

In the co-feature, undefeated welterweight prospect, Michael Torres, 12-0, 7 KO's stopped Kpakpo Alloytey, 16-6, 14 KO's at 2:15 of round number 3. Torres came out with a vengeance dropping the tough African twice in the first round. Alloytey fought back valiantly in the 2nd, but Torres dropped him 2 more times in the 3rd round and ended the fight. Torres is an interesting prospect that fans should keep an eye on.
Mikey "The Artist" Perez and USA Boxing President, Jose Rosario

Top Brick City fighters, Michael, "The Artist" Perez, 2-0, 2 KO's and Alex, "The Brick City Bullet" Perez, 9-0, 6 KO's were both were both on hand to support former Red Brick Gym stable mates Harvey Dock and Jerson Ravelo. The girls from were also on hand to help make the show a success.

Heavyweights, John Lennox, 1-0, 1 KO (TKO 1:06, round 3) over Ricardo Cuffee, -03
Light welterweights, Rashad Bogar, 1-0, 1 KO (TKO: 57, round 1) over Juan Guaman, 1-1, 1 KO
Light welterweights, Omar Brito, 1-0, 1 KO (TKO 1:15 round 2) over Manuel Jiminez, 0-1
Heavyweights, Robert Brown, 1-0, 1 KO (TKO 2:28 round 2) over Eldin Sanchez, 0-1.

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