Advertisement
Advertisement

Brandon Rios, John Murray Not Looking Past One Another

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK — Brandon Rios realizes he isn’t in a position to underestimate John Murray.

The unbeaten WBA lightweight champion is taking Murray much more seriously than the handicappers who’ve installed Rios as about a 10-1 favorite entering their 12-round fight on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito undercard Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Higher-profile fights against Yuriorkis Gamboa or Juan Manuel Marquez, Rios’ preferred opponents in 2012, will remain realistic possibilities only if Rios overcomes Murray.

“He’s coming over here, trying to take my title away, which is never going to happen,” Rios, 25, said. “John Murray has a long night ahead of him. I’m ready for him. He thinks that I’m not preparing myself for him, but he has something else coming.”

Murray (31-1, 18 KOs), of Manchester, England, lost his last bout by eighth-round technical knockout against fellow Brit Kevin Mitchell (32-1, 24 KOs) on July 16 in Liverpool. Rios ravaged Southern California rival Urbano Antillon (28-3, 20 KOs) in his last fight July 9 in Carson, Calif., an impressive third-round TKO that marked Rios’ 10th straight win since his 10-round majority draw with Denver’s Manuel Perez (16-7-1, 4 KOs) in October 2008.

“I might talk about [facing other fighters], but I do take my opponents seriously,” Rios said. “Every opponent I face I take seriously, so if he doesn’t think I’m taking him seriously, it’s OK. Let him think that.”

The rugged Rios (28-0-1, 21 KOs) is quickly becoming must-see TV because his fan-friendly style usually initiates entertaining fights. The Oxnard, Calif., resident expects to make quite an impression in his Madison Square Garden debut because Murray, 26, won’t be hard to find.

“He’s a very tough fighter,” Rios said. “He’s a very straight-forward guy. I know he throws body shots very well. But that’s about it. I think I have more defense than him, but we’ll find out Saturday. We’ll see what he’s going to be able to handle because I’ve already changed up tactics a little bit. I’m ready for whatever he brings.”

Robert Garcia, Rios’ trainer, expects plenty of action in the co-featured fight that’ll immediately precede Cotto-Margarito II on HBO Pay-Per-View.

“It’s a helluva fight,” Garcia said. “Murray’s a great fighter. I’m sure he’s in the best shape of his life. That’s what we want. Brandon loves those type of fights, somebody that stands in front of him. He’s ready for it.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Chief2ndzOnly! on 12-01-2011

[QUOTE=Pugly!;11498443]i think murray might have a chacne here.. . before u jump all over me, im just saying he MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE. . . it's very slim, but it's definitely not "non-existent." murray might have better technique on the…

Comment by UglyPug on 12-01-2011

i think murray might have a chacne here.. . before u jump all over me, im just saying he MIGHT HAVE A CHANCE. . . it's very slim, but it's definitely not "non-existent." murray might have better technique on the…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines Di Rocco Warns Ricky Burns That Layoff Made Him 'More Hungry' Groves Plans To Get Martin Murray a Beer After Beating Him Kenny Lemos Inks Promotional Pact With Under Dawgs Boxing Chavez Jr. Advises Canelo To Demand '158' For Golovkin Bout Shakeup: John Riel Casimero Gives Flyweight a Fresh Spark Chris Blaney Inks Promotional Pact With Ricky Hatton Deontay Wilder Wants WBC To Rule on Povetkin Sooner Than Later Gutierrez Vows That Rosado Won't Make it To Chavez Jr. Fight Damon Allen Batters, Stops Danny Montoya in Three Rounds Golovkin's Coach: Canelo Had No Intention To Do The Fight! Mike Tyson: You Can't Call Tyson Fury a Bum After Klitschko Win Photos: Francisco Vargas Throws Out First Pitch at Dodgers Game Showtime Sues Top Rank: Mayweather-Pacquiao Legal Fee Dispute Fernando Montiel Not Looking To Retire, Plans To Fight Again Tony Bellew Gets Celebrity Backing as He Enters Makabu Fight Mike Tyson Lands Role in Reboot of The Kickboxer Franchise Duran Confident Mosley Secures Shot at Thurman-Porter Winner Sugar Ray Leonard: I Told Mayweather I Would Have Beat Him Photos: Ruslan Provodnikov, John Molina Training For War Nate Diaz: I'd Whoop Mayweather, McGregor Asses in One Night! Margarito Says Ramon Alvarez Likely, Wants Canelo Next Roach: Pacquiao Can Return For Canelo, But Floyd is Bigger Draw Hassan N'Dam vs. Swierzbinski, Amar-Demchenko Will Go Ahead Agit Kabayel Helping Tyson Fury Prepare For Klitschko Rematch Casimero is Ready, Wants Roman Gonzalez Unification Next Fortune To McGregor: Forget Mayweather, Shut Up F***ing Yapper! Povetkin's Promoter Embraces WBC Ruling on Deontay Wilder Mike Tyson: Foolish Plan, But Olympic Amateurs Might Beat Pros Anthony Cacace, Barry McGuigan Decide To Part Ways Hearn Urges Haye To Face Whyte To Speed Up Road To Joshua Deontay Wilder Granted Permission To Make Voluntary By WBC Zolani Tete: Haskins and McDonnell are Holding My Titles Kathy Duva To Be Honored At 7th Annual Raging Babe Brunch Jurors Set For All-Star Boxing vs. Canelo/Golden Boy Lawsuit Jazza Dickens (Injury) Pulled From June 4 Liverpool Show Miguel Flores To Face Ruben Tamayo on PBC on FS1 Erislandy Lara Sees No Network Issues in Making Golovkin Fight Casimero Knocks Out Ruenroeng In Four, Wins Flyweight Crown Focal Point: Lebedev Rises To Top Of Red-Hot Cruiserweight Division Keith Thurman: We Don't Yet Know If Kell Brook is 'Really Special'
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement