Hitchins: I’m ready to become a superstar

Unbeaten junior welterweight Richardson Hitchins (17-0, 7 KOs) says he’s on the road to superstardom and will ram that home with a dazzling performance when he takes on Gustavo Lemos (29-0, 19 KOs) in a final eliminator for the IBF title  at Bleaulive Theater at Fontainebleau Las Vegas on Saturday, live worldwide on DAZN.

“I think I am a star already and superstar status comes with me promoting myself, making the best of my opportunities and getting to that superstar status,” said Hitchins. “My name is buzzing already as if I am a World champion, people put me in these fantasy fights like ‘I want to see Richardson Hitchins vs. Devin Haney, vs. Subriel Matias’ and this is just in a year that I’ve been with Matchroom. Once I’ve had a little bit of exposure to the boxing fans, my name is on the scene, so I feel like slowly but surely, people are seeing my talent and that will turn me into the superstar that I want to be once I get my hands on the World championships and big fights.

“I feel good, I feel ready for the moment. This is what I’ve been doing my whole life, this will just be another day in the ring for me and picking up another victory. That’s what we plan to do on Saturday.

“This is big, I’m not going to lie, it’s a huge opportunity. When I first fought on a Matchroom card in Ohio I said, ‘I’m supposed to be the main event right now’, and I don’t even think it was a year later that I was headlining my first card. I felt Matchroom was giving opportunities to fighters that were on a lesser level than me, and I felt I belonged at the level where I was headlining my own cards and be on the verge of a World title. I proved myself slowly but surely that I belong with the elite guys in the division, and now is the time to stamp my name in the division and in the sport.

“I’ve just be working extremely hard and perfecting my craft like I always do. I was told if it’s not broke don’t fix it, so we just tweak it. We’ve done some different things in camp to better condition me. As far as mentally and skillfully, we’re trying to get better in that aspect, to grow and elevate my game. My mindset is like what Kobe Bryant said, I’m chasing perfection even though I’ll probably never get it, because I know that most of my opponents will never chase something that’s so unobtainable, that will give me the edge over a lot of people.

“I’m one of those fighters that people say, ‘oh he’s boring’, but I’m also one of those fighters that could box a perfect fight and not have a glove landed on me. So I feel like that’s my motto and I’m sticking to hitting and not getting hit, and elevating my game, that’s what we focus on in camp, everything else is just getting in shape and making sure my body is in physical condition to endure punishment if needed or to go any grueling rounds if that’s what it comes down to.”

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  • Don’t speak too confidently Richardson, some may find it offensive; so much so, it could impact your quality of life.

  • Hitchins is on his way to being another boring Shakur Stevenson type boxer. Gifted, sure, but boring AF.

  • Regardless of fans’ opinions, all fighters should fight to their strengths to maximize their chances of a victory (and potential wealth). Fighters should never change their styles for fans but only to win and maximize their incomes.

    For example, despite his flaws, Cruz fights to his strengths, and it appears Hitchins is establishing a far different style that satisfies his strengths. I have seen fighters earn many titles and very good income (or wealth) with a variety of boxing styles. Gotta love boxing’s fighting styles and economic chances.

    If fans do like watching a fighter’s style, please feel free to not watch it (fans have that great power). In addition, please feel free to watch MMA – another wonderful power available to fans.

    • Then they shouldn’t complain when they don’t get the fights they want because they are boring or defense first offense later. It’s a business, so if you want to make money, the demand of the fans, promoters, and television outlets does matter.

  • Seven knockouts will not get you superstar status, you don’t decide we the fans do, so far we don’t see much!

  • I appreciate boxing skills, the science and art of boxing but knockouts sell. You don’t have to be a face first brawler with no defense but don’t act surprised when the phone doesn’t ring.

  • There are no superstars anymore after Canelo. There’s just prize fighters looking for the easy path to the biggest purses. He would have to be on many platforms to get that recognition and boxing alone won’t make a superstar. He doesn’t have the charisma to be that guy. Maybe things will change but winning fights especially fighting twice or three times a year isn’t even scratching the surface.

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