There comes a point in every prospect’s career when they must make the step up in opposition and prove they’ve graduated into the contender bracket; assuring they're ready to push on for titles.
For rising light-welterweight star Richardson Hitchins, that opportunity comes this weekend in Connecticut.
At the Mohegan Sun Casino, Hitchins will take to the ring for the second time during this pandemic-struck year to face former world champion Argenis Mendez.
Previously an IBF super-featherweight title holder, Dominican Republic fighter Mendez holds wins over Juan Carlos Salgado, Miguel Vazquez and Ivan Redkach. The veteran has also been involved in clashes with world level names such as Rances Barthelemy, Robert Easter Jr. and Luke Campbell.
That experience should see him provide Hitchins with a stern test, as the latter New York native looks to edge closer towards silverware at 140lbs.
The signs have been there from a young age, with Hitchins having enjoyed a successful amateur career before being snapped up and guided along by esteemed names as a professional.
Hitchins represented his parents’ home nation of Haiti at the 2016 Olympic Games and caught the eye of Floyd Mayweather Jr., who signed the young talent to his promotional stable at just 19 years of age.Under the guidance of his head coach Lenny Wilson, the now 23-year-old has made a strong impact in the paid ranks, with help and motivation from the watchful eyes of both five-division world champion Mayweather and current two-weight titlist Gervonta Davis in Las Vegas.
Undefeated so far in 11 pro ring outings and possessing both the skills and beneficial backing of an experienced team around him, Hitchins has the tools to reach the pinnacle.
The Brooklyn-born talent is now set for what will be regarded as a measuring stick fight for his progress against Mendez. It’s an opportunity to shine on the big stage and one he will look to seize in the latest step of his promising career.