Hitchins vs Lemos Purse: Are These Salaries Good Enough?



A title shot for the IBF Super Lightweight Championship. This is what's at stake this weekend as Richardson Hitchins faces Gustavo Lemos in a title eliminator bout. Here is everything we know about the Hitchins vs Lemos purse.

Boxing Fighter Pay: What Will Hitchins vs Lemos Be Paid in Las Vegas?

Two young undefeated warriors are set to provide the main boxing entertainment this weekend. Before we can discuss their potential salaries, we have to get acquainted with the two fighters.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Richardson Hitchins is nowadays considered to be one of the most technically gifted young boxers in the world. After securing his most impressive win over the former title contender Jose Zepeda, it became clear that he was ready to become a boxing star.

Starting his professional career in 2017, he has already secured 17 wins in 17 fights, 7 of which came by way of knockout. In a recent interview, Hitchins once again showed his unresting determination to prove himself, emphasizing his constant improvement during training. He understands the magnitude of this upcoming bout but feels completely confident that he deserves the position of a title contender.

As for Gustavo Lemos, the pressure will be on his shoulders as he faces his first challenge away from home. Starting his career in 2016, Lemos also remains undefeated with an impressive 29 wins with 18 knockouts. He used to fight 5-6 times every year before Covid-19 put his plans on hold.

The important factor here is that he has never fought anywhere but Argentina and is finally getting a chance to prove his talents in the unofficial fight capital of the world – Las Vegas. His most impressive career win was over Lee Selby, the former IBF Featherweight World Champion.

Speaking about the Hitchins vs Lemos purse, it is a near-impossible task to predict the figures accurately. Since both fighters are still on the rise and faced with their first proper headliner, information about their previous earnings is scarce. It is not even limited, it is almost non-existent.

Considering that Richardson Hitchins is fighting with Matchroom Boxing behind him, he is certainly going to get a fair salary this weekend. We expect the same for Lemos as this is an IBF title eliminator match, and both fighters should be fighting on equal terms.

We found no mention of a purse bid for this fight which makes it harder to determine their promised salaries. It means that the promoters reached an agreement behind closed doors.

Considering the average fighter pay for a match of this magnitude in this category, we would suggest that the Hitchins vs Lemos purse will be around $300,000. Since both fighters are in the role of a challenger, we expect them to earn equal cuts.

Even if they earn less than $150,000 for this fight, it is still probably their biggest payday to date. Moreover, both realize that this is a mandatory step in their career and the win here will guarantee a far bigger purse when they face the champion next time.

Vlad is a former amateur MMA fighter. After a series of injuries, he found a different way to connect with the sport and its fanbase - through writing. He's been covering everything-UFC for over 5 years on various platforms and has been part of the team at NYFights since early 2022.