Darchinyan TKOs Jimenez, retains IBF flyweight title

Updated: August 24, 2005, 11:33 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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