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Brandon Rios set to defend his title Saturday in New York!

By FightFan News Wire (02-Dec-2011)

All action Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios returns to action this Saturday night in New York when he takes on John Murray in defense of his WBA lightweight title!

Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank

The ever exciting Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios will return to the ring this Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in a chief supporting bout to the exciting Cotto-Margarito rematch against challenger John Murray of England. Rios will be putting his WBA world lightweight title on the line that he captured in February defeating Miguel Acosta in a barn burner and that he once-defended in a sensational war against Urbano Antillon earlier this summer.

“He’s coming over here thinking he’s going to take my title but he’s got another thing coming,” Rios said Thursday. “I’m ready for whatever he brings.”




Brandon Rios on John Murray:

Video courtesy of ResSports


The Coto-Margarito II pay-per-view undercard includes:

· Brandon Rios & John Murray, who will rumble for Rios’ WBA lightweight title
· Pawel Wolak & Delvin Rodriguez, in a rematch of their 2011 Fight of the Year from earlier this year
· Mike Jones & Sebastian Lujan, battle of top-rated welterweight contenders
· University of Notre Dame Champion Mike Lee

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Cotto will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title in this high-tension showdown against Margarito, Saturday, December 3, at “The Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden. With less than 200 tickets remaining, Cotto-Margarito II is projected to sellout in advance of fight night. Cotto has sold more tickets to The Garden in this millennium than any other fighter.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

The previous encounter between Cotto and Margarito took place on July 26, 2008 and was a battle of epic proportion and arguably the Fight of the Year. Cotto and Margarito boast a combined record of 74-9 (56 KOs) – a winning percentage of 89% and a victory by knockout ratio of 76% — not to mention seven world titles between them.
Remaining tickets to Cotto-Margarito II, priced at $600, $400, $300, $200, $100, and $50, can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, which charges an additional fee.

HBO will present the back-to-back replay of both episodes of 24/7 COTTO/MARGARITO on Friday, Dec. 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, the half-hour special “24/7 Overtime: Cotto/Margarito” will be seen at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

For Cotto-Margarito II fight week updates, log on to www.toprank.com and www.hbo.com

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