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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Seth Mitchell loses to Johnathon Banks Saturday in Atlantic City. The loss was Mitchell's first.
Published on: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
By Daniel Kucin
Gwynn Park High School graduate and former Michigan State linebacker Seth Mitchell looked to defend his NABO heavyweight boxing title against three-time amateur champion Johnathon Banks Saturday at Boardwalk Hall. “Mayhem” is the name many have crowned Mitchell, but from start to finish it was clearly Banks’ night.
Mitchell surrendered his title in a second round technical knockout by Banks. The loss is Mitchell’s first in his boxing career.
Banks’ speed and quickness posed a huge problem for Mitchell as the fight progressed. Mitchell had trouble with his footwork and tried to throw wild desperation punches for kill shots to get ahead of the count, but those risky chances led to his demise.
“I congratulate Johnathon. He caught me in that last round, but I threw some shots in that I knew he felt,” Mitchell said. “I got a little reckless, and he capitalized on my reaching, countered and he did what he had to do. Of course I’m upset; physically, I’m great. I want to get back to the drawing board.”
Photo by Daniel Kucin. Johnathon Banks shows off his new hardware as champion.
Despite losing, Mitchell has quickly made a name for himself at the age of 30 in the boxing world and has found a new love for this sport after his promising football career fell short to numerous injuries. Mitchell reportedly received offers from more than a dozen Division I schools, but hedecided to stick with Michigan State. Mitchell had a great career for the Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets, earning All-Met Player of the Year, and USA Today coined him as Maryland’s state player of the year. His number — No. 48 — was retired for his impressive play as a teenager.
Mitchell now owns a 25-1-1 record as a heavyweight contender and is still considered one of the best up-and-coming fighters in the nation. Nineteen of Mayhem’s victories were by the means of knockout. In the last 28 rounds, Mitchell has acquired an astounding knockout percentage of 83 percent so far in his career.
“I will bounce back. This might set me back a little bit, but don’t be sorry for me, be sorry for my next opponent,” Mitchell said. “I could have gotten through the second round, but the ref did what he had to do.”