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|Lightweight Brandon Rios battered and bloodied John Murray before finishing him in the 11th round Saturday at Madison Square Garden.|
• Philadelphia welterweight contender Mike Jones (26-0, 19 KOs) easily outpointed Argentina's Sebastian Lujan (38-6-2, 24 KOs) for a lopsided unanimous decision.
With Andre Berto recently relinquishing a welterweight title, the fight was an eliminator to determine who would face Randall Bailey, the heavy-punching former junior welterweight titlist who had been Berto's mandatory challenger, for the vacant title. Bailey-Jones is due in the first quarter of 2012.
Jones dominated all the way, mainly with a stiff left jab to win 119-109, 119-109, 118-110. The shorter Lujan had no way to get inside against Jones and was paying the price on the outside. Jones wobbled him with a right hand in the opening round, but his main weapon was the jab. Jones rocked Lujan again with a right hand in the fifth round, after which Lujan walked to the wrong corner. Jones was cruising and hurt Lujan again in the 11th round, as the fight became virtual target practice when Lujan dropped his hands and took several clean shots.
"There are no easy fights in boxing," Jones said. "It was a tough fight because he threw a lot of awkward shots, and he never stopped working. I respect a guy like that because I knew he would keep working in the ring."
|Light heavyweight Mike Lee scored a fourth-round knockout against Allen Medina on Saturday in New York to remain undefeated.|
• Decked out in the blue and gold colors of Notre Dame, light heavyweight Mike Lee (8-0, 5 KOs) of Chicago -- a 2009 Notre Dame graduate with a finance degree -- knocked out Allen Medina (9-20-1, 1 KO) of Denver at 55 seconds of the fourth and final round.
Lee, 24, dominated Medina, doing as he pleased. He fired shots with both hands and was hammering the game Medina, who finally went down on the end of a clean right hand. Lee turned his back on Wall Street to pursue his passion for boxing after a limited amateur boxing career, during which he won the Chicago Golden Gloves in 2009 and also boxed in the Notre Dame Bengal Bouts.
• Long Beach, N.Y., light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan (11-0, 8 KOs), who drew a large cheering section, knocked out Santos Martinez (2-3, 2 KOs) at 2 minutes, 56 seconds of the second round. Before finishing him in the second round, Monaghan badly hurt him in the first round, getting credit for a knockdown after he landed a brutal left and right, and Martinez sagged into the ropes, which held him up.
• Junior middleweight prospect Glen Tapia (12-0, 6 KOs), a 21-year-old from Passaic, N.J., with the crowd cheering for him, scored a highlight-reel second-round knockout of Puerto Rico's Mike Ruiz (15-7, 7 KOs). Ruiz had hurt Tapia earlier in the second round, but Tapia rebounded to unload more than a dozen blows, including a big right hand that dropped Ruiz for the count at 2 minutes, 27 seconds.
• Junior bantamweight Hanzel Martinez (16-0, 13 KOs), Margarito's brother-in-law from Mexico, claimed a majority decision against Felipe Castaneda (6-4-1, 3 KOs). Two judges scored it 39-37, and the third had it 38-38.
• Puerto Rican welterweight Samuel Figueroa (2-0, 1 KO) edged Lawton Halsey (0-1-1) of Newark, N.J., for a four-round split-decision win in a crowd-pleasing fight to open the show. Two judges had it for Figueroa, 39-36 and 38-37, while the third had it 38-37 for Halsey.
Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter @danrafaelespn.