John Murray can still win the WBA lightweight title tomorrow against Brandon Rios. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times says on Twitter that the Brandon Rios vs John Murray fight is still on for tomorrow night, and that Rios has to pay Murray $20,000 out of his purse for the fight.
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But there is a wrinkle that could still cancel the fight: Rios must weigh in again at 9 a.m. EST tomorrow morning, and if he's over 147 pounds, the fight is off, this according to Gabriel Montoya.
Rios (28-0-1, 21 KO) has already lost his WBA lightweight title. The fight going on means that Murray (31-1, 18 KO) can win the title if he wins the fight, but if Rios wins or there is a draw, the title becomes vacant. These situations have come up frequently, with one recent example being the Nate Campbell vs Ali Funeka fight in February 2009, when Campbell, who held the WBA, IBF, and WBO lightweight titles, weighed in at 137½, even heavier than Rios is here, and Funeka had a chance to win the titles.
Funeka fell short, losing a close split decision. For Murray, this is still the chance of a career, even if diluted somewhat at this point, and he gets extra money for the fight now, too. Obviously Rios is done as a lightweight, and he looked so bad today at the weigh-in that he might be in serious trouble tomorrow night.
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