Originally posted on Boxing Watchers  |  Last updated 12/3/11

One fight to go before we get to the rematch between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito. Exciting American Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios collides with John Murray in what should be a great action fight.

The tale of the tape shows that Rios is an inch taller and has half an inch of reach over Murray. The thing to watch is Rios' conditioning, as he failed to make weight and is not eligible for the vacant WBA lightweight belt. As a result, only Murray can win the title.

Michael Buffer is in the ring to do the official fighter intros. Murray enters the fight with a 31-1 record as a pro, while Rios is undefeated at 28-0-1. We're all set for a scheduled 12 rounds of boxing, so let's get to it.


Round 1

Jabs quickly land for both boxers. Rios flashes the right hand as well, and Murray looks like he will stand and bang. Murray goes to the body before Rios throws hooks with both hands. No subtlety here as they trade from close range. Very low shot by Murray that looks like it hurt Rios for a second. Bam Bam triples his left hook. They lean their heads together and keep throwing. Fun to watch, no doubt.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Rios


Round 2

Murray comes charging out, winging punches with both hands. Rios settles behind his jab. Here they go again, leaning in and throwing. Murray hooks away with both gloves and Rios responds in kind. Bam Bam shakes his head as Murray knocks him back a step with left hooks. Murray is landing some shots that look like they are below the belt. They exchange again with Murray getting a slight edge.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Murray 

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