TACOMA, Wash. (AP) Victor Darchinyan took the IBF junior bantamweight title from Dimitri Kirilov on Saturday night with a fifth-round knockout in a fight that Darchinyan dominated from start to finish.
A left hand by the 32-year-old Darchinyan (30-1-1 with 24 knockouts) sent Kirilov to the mat for the second time in the fifth round, and Kirilov was unable to get back to his feet. The bout at the Emerald Queen Casino ended at the 1:05 mark of the fifth.
"I lost my title one year ago, and I've now returned to the championship," said Darchinyan, (30-1-1 with 24 knockouts), who took the fight to Kirilov (23-4-1, 9 knockouts) from the opening bell. "I never underestimate my opponents. I've learned a lot in my last several fights."