Brandon Rios vs. John Murray: Round-by-Round Recap

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By Nick Tywalk

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

Round 3

Murray attacks the body and head in the opening moments. Rios stands his ground so he can deliver a left hook. Rios punches his way out of an exchange with a sharp left. Murray lands a right hand right on the button as they keep trading. Rios is more effective when he gets a bit more space. Rios show shines a bit with left uppercuts. Murray lands a series of head shots that back Rios up. Very close round with both men getting some work done.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Rios

Round 4

This would not be a fun fight to be in. Murray lands a left as they circle, then unloads with both hands inside. Rios jabs his way out of trouble but Murray keeps coming. He clubs a right hand and follows with the left. Murray is bleeding, but he lands a right hand that snaps Rios' head. Rios wanders into a headlock. He eats another right hand right at the bell.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Murray

Round 5

Murray walks through some jabs; Rios tries some body shots and uppercuts. Murray lands a left hook as Rios hammers home some jabs. Combination punching by Murray to the head and body. Rios comes forward for a second, but Murray has him covering up again. Murray lands two right hands but is warned for pushing Rios' head down. Rios eats two left hands in the last 10 seconds.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Murray

Round 6

Rios tries to pick up the pace, throwing uppercuts with both hands. He forces Murray all the way across the ring. They trade in the corner with uppercuts and hooks flowing. It's almost like they are taking turns landing combinations right now. Rios batters Murray with several uppercuts in a row. Rios has bloodied his face pretty good. Very good round for Bam Bam right when he needed it.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Rios

Round 7

Murray reaches with his right hand. He's still throwing, but he's getting forced back a lot. Nasty right hand by Rios that was almost a counter. Two-punch combo for Bam Bam followed by an uppercut. They trade again, and the ref tells them to work out of a clinch. Murray lands a low blow and gets a point taken away.

Tylwalk: 10-8 Rios

Round 8

Both men go right at each other until Rios ends up in a headlock. Murray covers up as Rios throws with both hands. Good right hand by Bam Bam before the ref breaks them up. Murray is still battling but seems to have lost some zip from his punches. Rios shoe shines again since the uppercuts are there. Murray swings away even though he is bleeding once more.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Rios

Round 9

It's a battle of hooks with both men landing. Rios puts his head down and charges forward. Murray gets caught with two short left hooks and has to grab. Murray fires back with his own left hooks. Rios jabs and leans in for some uppercuts. Murray lands a combination that makes Rios smile to show he's not hurt. Big right hand by Rios. Murray comes right back; that was his best round in a while.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Murray

Round 10

Rios clubs his way inside with both hands. They wrestle a bit as Murray can't get his hands free. Rios is holding more than we are used to seeing from him. Murray hooks with the left as he moves. Rios lands three straight jabs. Rios throws about 12 punches in a row while they lean on each other. Murray can only answer with one punch at a time. A brief exchange ends the round.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Rios

Round 11

Murray tries one last hurrah, coming out firing. Rios puts his head down again and simply wings punches with both hands. A left and a couple of rights sneak through Murray's guard. Rios lands a right hand amidst an exchange that gets a reaction from the fans. Rios keeps landing power shots, and referee Earl Brown has seen enough. Rios wins another one in his usual fashion.

The winner by TKO at 2:06 of Round 11, Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios.

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