Pavlik’s return to the ring successful and short with second-round TKO

Staff report


Kelly Pavlik’s return to the ring proved to be short. And highly successful.

Fighting for just the second time since May 2010, Pavlik made short work of Aaron Jaco in their super middleweight fight at the Illusions Theatre inside the Alamodome on Saturday night.

Pavlik, improving to 38-2 with 33 wins by knockout, stopped Jaco in the second round of their scheduled 10-round fight on the undercard of the Ivan Najera-James Lester main event.

Pavlik was the aggressor from the start against the outmanned Jaco (15-3) and dropped him with a left hook 49 seconds from the end of round one.

Jaco went down to one knee as a result of the blow, but came out for the second round.

Pavlik unleashed more punishment in the second three minutes, stopping his opponent with a vicious left.

“I thought he was looking for a right hand so I got him with my left,” Pavlik said.

“I was calm, relaxed, had good energy, bounce. Everything was working.

“I feel good and I am back.”

Most ringside observers said Pavlik looked poised during the fight. This was his first event since switching to trainer Robert Garcia in California.

“The plan was to stay calm, work off the jab,” said Garcia, “then get to work. Kelly did everything at a high level.”

Jaco said he was impressed by Pavlik’s punching power.

“Game plans are great until you get punched,” said Jaco, who resides in Sarasota, Fla.

“I never felt power like that. He [Pavlik] is a great fighter and a great man. I don’t hate him and he doesn’t hate me. It was too much power for me to handle.”

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