Seth Mitchell has been rocked in the early rounds of his last 3 fights. He weathered the storm in 2 of those fights and came away with a win. On Saturday night in Indio, California, he was unable to get out of the first round and was knocked out by Chris Arreola,(36-3, 31 KO’s). Arreola, the 3rd ranked heavyweight in the world was facing a do or die fight, in his opinion, and he showed the boxing world that he is the heavyweight fighter most deserving of a shot at a world title. Mitchell, who said all along, that no matter what happens in this fight, he would continue to fight.
It was hard to find a boxing writer or commentator that thought Mitchell had a chance against the big man from Riverside, California. Each remembering how Mitchell was on shaky ground against Chazz Witherspoon and twice against Johnathon Banks in the first 2 or 3 rounds of those fights. He came back against Witherspoon and Banks in the second fight, but showed future opponents that if you press Mitchell, (26-2-1), in those early rounds, there is a chance to take him out.
Mitchell did not seem nervous as he landed a one, two combination in the opening seconds of the fight. Arreola, 32, did not seem fazed by Mitchell’s blows and soon after, caught Seth with a crisp right hand and Mitchell looked just like he had looked in his previous 3 fights, holding on for dear life. He hit the canvas the first time, but it was ruled a throw down. The second time he hit the canvas, it was ruled a knock down. Mitchell got up, answered the question of the ref, “Can you defend yourself?” Mitchell answered that he could, but with over 40 seconds left in the round, Arreola attacked and landed blows that had Mitchell on spaghetti legs and referee Weise saw enough and waved the fight in favor of Arreola. Mitchell did not speak directly after the fight. According to a spokesperson, “He’s pretty crushed right now.”
Former football and basketball player, Mitchell, 31, from Brandywine, Maryland, is still learning the game of professional boxing. He didn’t start the sport until injuries halted his pro football dreams at the age of 25. Mitchell is always in shape, but according to boxing experts, has not learned the defensive techniques he needs to get his opponents into the mid to late rounds. Please subscribe and keep up with the talented fighters from Washington, DC and the metropolitan area.