BATTLE WEEK

Richardson Hitchins is arranged to deal with fellow unbeaten 140-pound competitor Gustavo Daniel Lemos on Saturday in Las Vegas.

RICHARDSON HITCHINS (17-0, 7 KOs)
VS. GUSTAVO DANIEL LEMOS (29-0, 19 KOs)

  • Date: Saturday, April 6
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT (centerpiece later on in program)
  • Where: Fontainebleau Las Vegas, Las Vegas
  • TELEVISION/Stream: DAZN
  • Division: Junior welterweight (140 pounds)
  • At stake: No significant titles
  • Pound-for-pound: None
  • Odds: Hitchins 5-1 preferred (average of numerous outlets)
  • Significance (as much as 5 star): ***
  • Also on the card: Diego Pacheco vs. Shawn McCalman, extremely middleweights; Skye Nicolson vs. Sarah Mahfoud, featherweights (for uninhabited WBC title); Galal Yafai vs. Agustin Mauro Gauto, flyweights; Marc Castro vs. Abraham Montoya, junior lightweights
  • Background: Hitchins is a 2016 U.S. Olympian and an increasing young 140-pound competitor from New York City. The 26-year-old, an exceptional service technician, is coming off the most significant triumph of his profession: a near-shutout choice over previous three-time world title opposition Jose Zepeda on Sept. 23. Hitchins is ranked in the Top 3 in 3 of the 4 significant approving bodies, No. 2 by the WBC. Lemos is best understood for his fifth-round knockout of one-time 126-pound titleholder Lee Selby at 135 pounds in March 2022, which sent out the aging Welshman into retirement. The IBF’s No. 7-ranked 140-pounder likewise is on a run of 10 successive knockouts. However, he has actually dealt with nobody else of note. And the 28-year-old citizen of Buenos Aires has actually never ever battled beyond his native nation, that makes it challenging to assess the danger to Hitchins he will present on Saturday.

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FRIDAY

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