The super lightweight division has been talked about a ton over the years. This wasn’t always the case. But, with several recognizable and popular 135-pounders making the move up in weight, more and more eyeballs have gravitated towards it.
Currently, there are no vacant titles available. Devin Haney holds the division’s WBC title, Rolando “Rolly” Romero has the WBA strap under his arm, Subriel Matias is in possession of the IBF crown, and Teofimo Lopez isn't giving up his WBO trinket without a fight.
Each titleholder is of the belief that they're in a class of their own. Just underneath those aforementioned champions, are a list of top-tier contenders. But whether it’s Regis Prograis, Josh Taylor, Jack Catterall, or even Ryan Garcia - Richardson Hitchins doesn’t view any of them as a threat.
“None of them are f------ with me,” said Hitchins on a self-recorded video.
Hitchins (17-0, 7 KOs) has a reason to be full of himself. Not only is he undefeated but he’s fresh off a year to remember. To kick things off, he cruised by John Bauza. In his second appearance of the year, Hitchins was asked to take a gigantic step up in competition.
Jose Zepeda fought for a world title on three separate occasions and came up just short every time. Those fights may have been close calls, but against Hitchins, his normally explosive offense was innocuous, resulting in a lopsided loss.
By and large, Hitchins will need to start pilfering some championship hardware if he wants to be viewed as the best fighter that the division has to offer. But, whether he wins a title or not, Hitchins believes that he’s done more than enough to prove that he’s the super lightweight division’s head honcho.
“I’m the best 140-pounder in the motherf------ world.”
Hitchins will return to the ring on April 6, when he faces big puncher Gustavo Lemos.