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Darchinyan TKOs Jimenez, retains IBF flyweight title

8/24/2005 - Boxing

SYDNEY, Australia -- Vic Darchinyan retained his
International Boxing Federation flyweight title with a fifth-round
technical knockout Wednesday over Jair Jimenez at the Sydney
Entertainment Center.

Darchinyan also retained the International Boxing Organization
title with the win, and improved to 24-0, with 19 knockouts.
Jimenez dropped to 22-5-1, with 16 knockouts.

Darchinyan was making his second defense of the world title he
won from Irene Pacheco in Florida last December. Darchinyan
consistently hit Jimenez with stinging straight left punches to the
head.

Jimenez was under constant pressure in the fourth round when
Darchinyan sent the challenger from Colombia to the canvas in the
first 20 seconds with a volley of at least five blows. Darchinyan
pummeled Jimenez for the remainder of the round.

When the fight was stopped, Darchinyan led by five points on two
of the judges' cards and six points on the other.

"He's a tough guy, he took a lot of punches," Darchinyan said.