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Sentinel file photo by Daniel Kucin. Boxer Seth Mitchell takes a break to wipe sweat from his eye during his Nov. 17, 2012, match against Johnathon Banks in Atlantic City. The two are set to face off again June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Published on: Wednesday, May 01, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Gwynn Park High School graduate Seth Mitchell is anxious to get back in the ring to avenge the only blemish from an otherwise sparkling record.
Mitchell, a Brandywine native, is set to fight Johnathon Banks on June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“I’m excited, man,” said Mitchell, who suffered a second round TKO during his first encounter with Banks on Nov. 17 in Atlantic City. “It’s definitely a big fight for my career.”
The heavyweight bout is being televised by Showtime and will be an undercard for the main event when Adrien Broner squares off against Paulie Malignaggi.
Mitchell would like to prove that last year’s loss to Banks was just a fluke in his quest to get to the top of the heavyweight division.
“I’m looking forward to get out there and show better this time and come away with a victory,” said Mitchell, who holds a 25-1-1 record with 19 knockouts to his credit.
Mitchell said he will “plan to come out and fight a lot smarter” against Banks this time.
Meanwhile, Banks, a Detroit native who still trains in his hometown, boasts a 29-1-1 record with 19 knockouts.
Both fighters are 30 years of age and possess similar records with the same amount of knockout victories.
Mitchell, a former Michigan State linebacker, said he knows what it takes to beat the Michigan native.
“He’s a crafty fighter that likes to wait for his opponent to make mistakes,” said Mitchell. “He’s a counter puncher. His natural instinct is to win on the counter.”
Banks, who worked with legendary boxing trainer Emmanuel Steward before the Hall of Famer passed away last year, said he’s looking forward to the bout.
“I feel very good about this fight,” said Banks. “I expect a more determined and a more powerful Seth Mitchell for the rematch, and I look forward to the challenge. I’m excited to be fighting and intend to put on a terrific performance.”