Richardson Hitchins and Malik Hawkins couldn’t wait to get into a fight on Friday, when the stable pair of Mayweather Promotions teammates got into a scuffle on the scales during their head-to-head bout.
Hitchins and Hawkins couldn’t really bring that kind of energy into the ring on Saturday night, as their balanced match was a calculated chess match ultimately in favor of the smarter Hitchins, who went to a The unanimous decision to win a match lasting ten innings was signed. will play out at 144 pounds on Saturday at The Armory in Minneapolis.
Scorecards are everywhere, however, as a judge gave it 100-90, the score reflects the action taking place in the ring. The other two judges confusedly held it with a score of 97-93 and 96-94 a piece, but the correct boxer won in the end.
“My strategy was to beat him and make it easy,” says Hawkins. I know his new coaches will train him to take me down.
“When we had the conflict yesterday, I did it on purpose. I knew that by making him mad, he would try to come forward and get me out.
“I definitely came to buy the strap. I’ve had a lot of rust after my longest boxing break ever. I just want to get back in the ring and get active.”
The rare bout pitted two potential clients in their prime, and the cunning and elusive Hitchins (13-0.5 KOs) was the proactive and precise boxer who dictated for Terms of the fight with speed by picking and launching his stab as you like.
Hitchins outplayed Hawkins in every round, and the final bout totaled between 159 and 69 – 85 of the punches were jabs. Hawkins launched more punches – 384 to 355 – but landed only 18% compared to Hitchins’ 44.5%.
Punches with bad intentions are rare in the fight, as neither fighter comes near to hurt each other. But it was the 24-year-old Hitchins from Brooklyn, 2016 Haitian Olympic athlete, who delivered a high-level boxing performance with a smooth and sharp stab and deft defense.
Hawkins (18-2, 11 KOs) was unable to change the tone or tempo of the fight throughout the first round, and before the sixth round, Hitchins outpaced Hawkins 72 to 37, mostly with jabs.
Hitchins get better and stronger as the fight progresses. He started to land more, hitting over 20 punches in rounds 5, 7 and 8.
By the seventh round, Hitchins began to take control of the fight and really asserted himself with heavy combos with Hawkins. Hawkins appeared tired and even fell to the ground due to a slip.
When Hawkins tried to emphasize action even more in later rounds, Hitchins boxed around him and frustrated his enemies. Hawkins couldn’t actually catch Hitchins’ head, as half of his damage went to the body.
Hawkins, 24, like Baltimore, suffered his second straight loss. He entered his final match in October 2020 and suffered his first professional defeat in a sixth round makeover against Subriel Matias.
The fight was televised on PBC on the main event of FS1. This broadcast was its own forerunner of the FOX televised super-middleweight bout between David Morrell and Alantez Fox.
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