When you're young, a bit unknown, and don’t have a world title in your possession, calling out every and anyone makes the most sense. Richardson Hitchins knows how the game goes and did his best to get himself a bit of attention. As he made his way up the super lightweight ladder, Montana Love seemed like the perfect opponent.
Trash-talking, flamboyant, weekly appearances with his dog to the ring, and some obvious skills - made Love one of the hotter names at 140 pounds. Hitchins wanted the highly-ranked contender and appeared on the verge of getting exactly what he wished for.
Both sides went behind closed doors and engaged in several conclaves. But, despite the talks, nothing was agreed upon. Instead, Love opened up the gates in the negotiating room and left Hitchins all by himself.
Ostensibly, Liam Paro was easier to deal with. So, roughly two months ago, both Paro and Love got it on. Love looked as confident as ever as he sauntered to the ring but Paro dominated his man, eventually stopping him in the sixth round.
Some believe that Love (18-2-1, 9 KOs) was simply off his A game, others are convinced that he was overlooking the Australian. From Hitchins' point of view, it was karma.
“He thought Liam Paro was going to be an easier fight and he got his ass handed to him,” Hitchins told Tha Boxing Voice. “The guy never really wanted to fight.”
Love has a long way to go if he wants to grab a world title at 140 pounds. Currently, he’s grinding while the cameras aren’t rolling. Could he pick up a few wins and put himself back in contention? Hitchins believes it’s possible but when it comes down to fighting the best of the best, not only will Love lose, he’ll get destroyed.
“The guy was a bum the whole time. He would probably get stopped by every top 140 fighter.”