Former world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik continued his rehabilitation as a fighter with a moral boosting two-round blitz of a hopelessly outclassed Aaron Jaco, a ‘pro boxer’ who barely lived up to his job description as he collapsed meekly after failing to land a punch of any consequence.
Jaco took a knee near the end of round one, and was flattened by a vicious left hook early in the second. When he got to his feet he told the referee ”I’m done”, leaving him no option but to wave the fight off at 0:45 of the round.
Despite the level of oposition, Pavlik looked great, and the left hook that finished Jaco was a thing of beauty, and a suprise as Kelly’s weapon of choice in normally his pulverising straight right. He looked trim at 169 lbs, and with the help of new trainer Robert Garcia, could yet make a serious impact on the super middleweight divsion. At 29, he is still young, and apears to have put his issues with alcohol behind him. Originaly from Youngstown Ohio, Pavlik is now based in Oxnard, California, a move that keeps him far from his old drinking buddies, and near Garcia’s gym.
Pavlik upped his record to 38-2 with 33 KOs, while Jaco saw his ledger drop to 15-3 with five knockouts. Look for Pavlik to be back in action very soon, and against a top-tenner from the super middleweight ranks.