DMV Heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell’s last two fights were against the same opponent, Johnathan Banks. Mitchell lost the first fight. After winning the first round on all judges’ cards in the first fight, Mitchell went in for the kill and got knocked down by a slick counter puncher in Banks and lost his first professional fight. “I learned that I cannot walk through opponents on this level…..sometimes I have to wait it out. I cannot knock everybody out. I have to use the God given athletic talents I have and show patience in the ring, which means patience, balance and distance and when I get in range, let my power take over”, says Mitchell. “Everybody is good at this level and you cannot be the bull every time. I have to adjust to my opponent and sometimes let the action come to me”. Mitchell won the rematch with a unanimous decision.
As most people know, Mitchell was a high school football all-star. He was the Washington Post Defensive Player of the year as a senior and accepted a scholarship to Michigan State. When pro football was out of the way, he watched a football player from Notre Dame fight his first pro fight and said, “I can do that”. His high school coach, offensive coordinator Maurice Banks, put him in touch with Sharif Salim who got the ball rolling and a young fighter was born. Salim says, “I thought about it for a couple of days after meeting Seth and then made my decision to manage his fighting career. I introduced Seth to trainer, Andre Hunter, who also had to think about it, but decided to train Seth and thus our team was started.” One of Hunters top jobs is to make Seth a faster starter in fights and to teach him how to avoid blows early in the fights. Mitchell says, “You got to work on keeping your hands up more, giving more angles and not stand there during return fire. I’ve been hit, but I have not taken a lot of damage in my last 3 fights, but obviously I don’t want to get hit, as I have in past fights.”
Mitchell, (29-1-1, 19 KO’s), was not a boxing fan growing up as one would imagine. “I was a casual fan. I grew up watching Mike Tyson, but I did not keep up with the sport in any kind of historical way. I would hear about big fights, but I did not run to my TV to watch. I saw De la Hoya fight well into his career, the same with Mayweather and Trinidad. My favorite sports were basketball and football.”
Mitchell currently holds the NABO and WBC International titles, is scheduled to fight on September 7 against Chris Arreola, known as “The Nightmare”. Arreola, (35-3, 30 KO’s), is a top 5 ranked heavyweight as is Mitchell, known as “Mayhem”. The fight is for the WBC Heavyweight Silver Belt and will be shown live on Showtime Championship Boxing as the main event. Please subscribe and follow Seth Mitchell and the other champions and future champions from the DC area.