Brick City Boxing

Ravelo is back; Santana, Stark impress

By Danny Serratelli at Ringside for (March 11, 2006)

The successful Broadway Boxing series continued last night as DiBella Entertainment put on an entertaining show at the Manhattan Center in New York City. In the Main Event, Edgar Santana, 17-2 (11), stopped Francisco Campos, 20-5-1 (12). Santana out worked Campos over seven rounds and eventually it paid off. Campos was knocked down in the seventh and did not answer the bell for the 8th.

In the co-feature, unbeaten Gary Stark, 14-0 (7), scored an impressive TKO over Debind Thapa 20-5-1 (11). Stark worked hard throughout and seemed very motivated to get Thapa out of there. The valiant Thapa absorbed some tremendous shots, but eventually the punishment caught up with him and he did not come out for the 6th round.

In the other featured fight of the evening, and the most important return in boxing that nobody knew about, super-middleweight Jerson Ravelo, 15-1 (10), easily handled his business. Ravelo came out sharp despite his 17-month layoff and calmly destroyed the game Ray Darden 9-12 (4). Even with Ravelo taking his time and picking his shots, he was able to drop Darden a couple times before the stoppage which came at 2:18 of round number 1.

Ravelo is the biggest threat to anyone with a belt from 160-175 pounds that casual boxing fans may not know about or remember. The guys who do know him (other fighters in and around his weight class) do not want to fight him, and you almost can’t blame them. Ravelo can beat anyone from 160-175 any day of the week, all he needs is another opportunity after being out of action for extended periods of time a couple of times in his career (mainly because of managerial problems). Remember the name

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