Exclusive: Leonard Ellerbe Talks Richardson Hitchins' Growth, Says He's Ready For 10-Round Fights

Richardson Hitchins is no stranger to fighting inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York and now he's on the cusp of taking his career to the next level, according to Leonard Ellerbe.

The Mayweather Promotions CEO spoke with Fightful ahead of the May 18 PBC card taking place in Brookyln and spoke on the undefeated Hitchins who is fighting Alejandro Munera at the event. Ellerbe spoke highly of Hitchins and said he's someone that has plenty of experience training alongside world-class fighters. Regarding what he expects to see from Hitchins, Ellerbe said Hitchins is going to come out on top in a big way come May 18.

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“He’s coming along well. He’s had several camps working with several world champions and he’s trained with a number of guys. He’s another guy that wants all the smoke at 140 and I expect a big outcome on Saturday night. He wants to go out there and show his fans at the Barclays what kind of fighter he is all about,” Ellerbe said.

This will only be Hitchins' ninth pro bout and only the second fight scheduled for eight rounds, but Ellerbe stated that could soon change. Depending on how Hitchins performs on May 18, Ellerbe said he could be making the transition to 10-round fights, often the sign of a prospect being elevated to bigger fights for the future.

“I think depending on the outcome of tonight, this probably will be his last eight-round fight. He’s ready to go 10 rounds,” Ellerbe said.

Hitchins' fight against Munera will take place from the Barclays Center on May 18. Fightful will have live coverage of the fight, as well as the rest of the card headlined by Deontay Wilder vs. Dominic Breazeale for the WBC heavyweight title. You can check out the full interview with Ellerbe, which includes the details on WBA super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis’ next fight, at the top of the page.

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