The time of the stoppage was 1:08.

Murtazaliev earned the IBA junior middleweight belt with the victory.

Russian 154-pounder Bakhram Murtazaliev (12-0, 10 KOโ€™s) pounded Kenneth McNeil for four rounds before finishing him off in the fifth.

Murtazaliev appeared capable of hurting McNeil throughout the fight but had difficulty landing a series of flush shots that could have brought about an early ending. That conundrum ended in the fifth when he broke through McNeilโ€™s guard to drop him to the canvas and under a ring post.

McNeil (11-4, 8 KOโ€™s) rose confidently and when the action resumed he continued to punch back to stave off a stoppage. But the effort was futile and after Murtazaliev reconnected with a few hard shots to McNeilโ€™s forehead the fight was waved off with McNeil still standing.