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Promoter Eddie Hearn has found himself embroiled in controversy following Richardson Hitchins’ victory over Gustavo Lemos in Las Vegas. Despite emerging triumphant, Hitchins’ win has left many questioning the validity of the decision, particularly due to judge Tim Cheatham’s scorecard of 117-111 in favor of Hitchins.

Hitchins, hailing from Brooklyn, faced a tough challenge from Lemos, who applied relentless pressure throughout the bout. Despite securing the win with scores of 115-113 from judges Max De Luca and Steve Weisfeld, the wide margin on Cheatham’s card has raised eyebrows, with Hearn admitting his shock at the decision.

Speaking to Matchroom Boxing, Hearn expressed his surprise at the scorecard, emphasizing that while Hitchins may have emerged victorious, the fight was much closer than suggested by Cheatham’s scoring. He acknowledged Lemos’ aggressive start but commended Hitchins for controlling the later rounds and delivering a compelling performance.

In the aftermath of his win, Hitchins faced criticism for his previous lackluster performance against Jose Zepeda. However, Hearn defended Hitchins, praising him for showcasing a different style and delivering an entertaining fight against Lemos.

Looking ahead, Hitchins is slated to face the winner of the IBF junior welterweight title fight between Subriel Matias and Liam Paro in Puerto Rico. Despite doubts about his performance against Matias, Hearn believes Hitchins’ experience in tough moments will serve him well in future challenges.

While controversy surrounds the decision, Hearn remains confident that fans will appreciate the resilience and entertainment Hitchins brought to the ring.

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