When heavyweight boxer Seth Mitchell determined that the NFL was not an option for the Michigan State linebacker, he decided to take up boxing. His offensive coordinator in high school, Maurice Banks introduced Mitchell to a child hood friend with a long history in the sport, Sharif Salim. Salim, a long time educator in Washington, DC and Prince Georges County, Md. and the brother of legendary boxing trainer Adrian Davis, met with Seth and after a couple of days to think about it, decided to manage the young, raw heavyweight new comer. “Once Coach Banks recommended Mr. Salim, I did not hesitate for one minute. Coach is a father figure to me and if he said Mr. Salim is a good man that was good enough for me”, says Mitchell.
“At first I hesitated because I was on a 5 year hiatus from boxing trying to concentrate on my charter schools and being a good Principal”, says Salim. “Coach Banks is one of the most honest and spiritual brothers I know and he was high on this young man and said I should meet him. So I did.” When Salim took Mitchell to the gym, he introduced him to trainer Andre Hunter. Salim liked the way Hunter interacted with his young amateur fighters and was known as a boxing technician. The 3 men joined forces and have been with Mitchell throughout his pro career. After some injuries to Seth and then to Johnathon Banks and then the victory over Banks, is Seth now on the move? “We are back on track….we are on our shortest track to the championship. I feel good about the health of Seth and hopefully the health of our opponent on September 7. We win this fight and we are on an extremely short list of fighters looking to the championship.”
Salim is deeply rooted in boxing. “My grandfather was a champion of Virginia in 1897. I learned to read by reading Ring Magazine because it was all over the house. I dabbled in training amateur fighters, but trainers have to be onsite and I am in my 38th year as an educator, so I could not be away from my schools enough to train fighters”, recalls Salim. Mitchell’s team is signed with Golden Boy Promotions and is advised by Al Haymon, but the final boxing decisions are made by Salim, Seth and trainer Andre Hunter. “We are not looking backwards in Seth’s career. We have turned down fights, but now we are only looking to fight world ranked heavyweights. Seth knows this and he has never shied away from fighting the best fighters out there. His goal is to be heavyweight champion”, says Salim. Next up for Seth is September 7th against Chris Arreola in California, to be shown as the main event on Showtime Championship Boxing. Please subscribe and follow the exciting boxing action from the DMV.