Richardson Hitchins vs. Gustavo Lemos results: Hitchins wins, calls out Haney-Garcia and Matias-Paro winners

Super lightweight star Richardson Hitchins won’t forget the name Gustavo Lemos for a long time despite securing a 12-round unanimous decision at the Fontainebleau Las Vegas on Saturday. The official scores were 115-113, 115-113 and a ludicrous 117-111.

WATCH: Richardson Hitchins vs. Gustavo Lemos, live on DAZN

Hitchins (18-0, 7 KOs) boxed brilliantly at times, but he was also put under heavy pressure and shaken to his boots more than once and by the rampaging Argentinian. It was a close fight, but some fans and media will feel as though Lemos was hard done by on the cards.

“I felt I was outboxing him and landing the cleaner shots,” argued Hitchins during his post-fight interview with DAZN. “He was tough, unbeaten, 29-0 and he came to win. He was in shape.

“He’s in my country, so they’re going to say he was robbed and whatever, but I felt I won easily. It was a good fight, though.”

Hitchens opened well with his side-to-side movement and sharp shooting making Lemos look slow and crude by comparison. However, one big right hand by the visitor in the closing seconds of round one clearly had an effect.

Another big right rocked Hitchins’ world in the second and the precocious young American was in for the fight of his life. Despite being small in stature, Lemos made his lack of height work for him, ducking under the leads and whipping home counters to head and body.

However, Hitchins did start to time things better in the fourth. Lemos’ attack slowed somewhat and without his usual intensity, he became a target for the more skillful fighter. The American’s left hand began to work wonders and he diversified it beautifully from head to body.

By the midway point, Lemos had lost his accuracy and was being picked off. It looked like a points victory was almost assured for Hitchins when suddenly he was buzzed badly in the eighth. Lemos poured on the punishment for the remainder of the session and ate up the return fire with ease.

The tenth was another terrific round and Hitchins had now abandoned his boxing finesse to fight fire with fire. He more than held his own and raked Lemos with sharp one-twos and some big blows to the body. The Brooklynite didn’t dominate the round, but he certainly showcased his fighting guts.

The championship rounds were close with Hitchins sharpshooting and holding, while Lemos poured on the pressure.

This fight was an eliminator for the IBF super lightweight title. That belt is currently held by division bogeyman Subriel Matias, who has lost just once in 21 fights and owns a 100-percent knockout ratio.

The 26-year-old Hitchens stated during the buildup to this fight that he’s willing to mix it with Matias next. If that bout can be made, then it promises to be a classic boxer versus puncher matchup.

However, when pushed on his plans, Hitchins also called out the winner of Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia, which takes place on April 20 in his hometown of Brooklyn.

“Whoever is the winner of [the Matias-Liam Paro] fight… whoever is the winner of the WBC [fight], that’s who I want,” stated Hitchins. “I’ve been telling the fans that. My team knows what’s going on with me.”

Lemos, 28, falls to 29-0 (19 KOs), but his stock rises in defeat.

Richardson Hitchins vs. Gustavo Lemos fight card

  • Richardson Hitchins def. Gustavo Lemos via UD 12 (117-111, 115-113, 115-113); Super Lightweights
  • Diego Pacheco def. Shawn McCalman via UD 10 (98-92, 97-93, 96-94); Super Middleweights
  • Skye Nicolson def. Sarah Mahfoud via UD 10 (100-90, 100-90, 99-91) for the WBC featherweight title
  • Galal Yafai def. Agustin Mauro Gauto via TKO 8 (2:40) ; Flyweights
  • Marc Castro def. Abraham Montoya via UD 10 (100-90, 98-92, 97-93); Super Featherweights
  • Harley Mederos def. Pedro Vicente Scharbaai via TKO 4 (0:40); Lightweights
  • Steven Navarro def. Jose Lopez via TKO 6; Super Flyweights

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