Gustavo Lemos dropped a hugely controversial decision to Richardson Hitchins in an IBF super lightweight eliminator last month

Argentine slugger Gustavo Lemos has signed a “long-term promotional contract” with Top Rank, which will promote him alongside O.R. Promotions going forward.

Lemos said, “When my promoters from O.R. Promotions told me that they had begun talks with Top Rank, I was thankful. The wait and hard work have paid off, and I will make the most of this opportunity. I am finally entering the big leagues, fulfilling a lifelong dream, and getting closer and closer to the possibility of becoming a world champion. Being part of the best promotional company in the world motivates me to give my best every day in training. Thank you, Top Rank, for your trust. I can’t wait for the future.”

Lemos’ (29-1, 19 KO) tumultuous career has seen him brutalize Lee Selby in an IBF lightweight eliminator, spend the next year on the sidelines, lose his spot atop the queue after coming in eight pounds heavy for a tune-up fight, then outclass Richardson Hitchins last month before suffering one of 2024’s most egregious robberies. He’s as fan-friendly as they come, so it’s good to see Top Rank hook him up after that debacle.

Bob Arum calls Lemos “a handful for any fighter at 135 or 140 pounds,” suggesting Lemos may split his time between those weight classes. He was 1.5 pounds under the super lightweight limit against Hitchins, so odds are he can still make 135 with proper prep.

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