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Brandon Rios of Oxnard has WBA lightwight belt stripped [Updated]

December 2, 2011 |  4:17 pm

Brandon-rios_300Oxnard's world lightweight champion Brandon Rios had his World Boxing Assn. belt stripped Friday when he failed to make the 135-pound weight limit.

Rios weighed in at 135.6 pounds twice, then went to a hot room to "sweat out" more weight and weighed in again at 136.6 pounds.

"It is what it is," the gaunt Rios said backstage at the Madison Square Garden Theater.

Rios also disputed the accuracy of the scale to a New York State Athletic Commission member, to no avail.

Rios will still fight England's once-beaten John Murray on Saturday night, and Murray can claim the title by defeating Rios.

Additionally, Rios will have to pay Murray $20,000 from his purse.

Murray said he deserved additional "compensation" for having to deal with a heavier fighter.

He also recognized that Rios' weakened condition affirms his plan to take the bout into late rounds.

[Update: 4:29 p.m., Dec. 2, 2011: The Rios and Murray camps also struck an agreement that Rios will be weighed again at 9 a.m. Eastern time Saturday and cannot be over 146 pounds, or the fight is off.]

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-- Lance Pugmire

Photo: Brandon Rios takes a break during training on Monday at Kingsway Boxing Gym in New York. Credit:  Bebeto Matthews / Associated Press

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