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Rios-Murray eyed for Cotto-Margarito II
Brandon Rios could face popular, all-action fighter John Murray of England
WBA lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios, of Oxnard, Calif., could face once-beaten Johnny Murray of Manchester, England, on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito rematch, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
"That's what I was told yesterday," said the source. "There is no contract signed, but that's the opponent being considered."
ESPN.com also reported the possibility.
The hard-hitting Rios (28-0-1, 21 KOs), ranked by THE RING as No. 1 in the division, will be after his 11th win in a row and his 10th consecutive knockout.
The lone blemish on Rios' record is a 10-round draw against Manuel Perez in October of 2008. After that, he reeled off six consecutive knockouts before scoring a seventh-round, disqualification victory over previously unbeaten Anthony Peterson (32-1, 20 KOs) in a WBA eliminator bout in September of last year.
Rios followed the win over Peterson with a fourth-round knockout of Omri Lowther on the undercard of a unanimous decision victory by Manny Pacquiao over Margarito for the since-vacated WBC junior middleweight belt in November of last year.
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