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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Seth Mitchell trains for his rematch against Johnathon Banks at Dream Team Boxing Gym in Clinton on Tuesday, June 11.
Published on: Monday, June 17, 2013
By Daniel Kucin Jr.
Everyone believes in second chances, right?
Well, local heavyweight boxer Seth Mitchell has his second chance — an opportunity to avenge a second-round knockout by Johnathon Banks during a November fight.
“I feel good. I feel blessed that I’m able to get the rematch and, coming off of a loss, to still be on a major network such as Showtime,” Mitchell said. “I’m just looking forward to taking advantage of my opportunity.”
Before fighting Banks in November, Mitchell had boasted an undefeated record and was rising up the heavyweight ranks as one of the most talented up-and-coming fighters.
Despite recording the first loss of his career, the Brandywine native still holds that stature and is salivating over the chance to defeat the same foe that put him to the mat. His upcoming fight against Banks is Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N. Y. The two will battle for the North American Boxing Organization and the World Boxing Council heavyweight championships.
Mitchell began his athletic career playing high school football at Gwynn Park High School. He made a name for himself on the gridiron as an All-American at Michigan State. However, injuries set back his chances of becoming an NFL player, so he decided to get his degree in criminal justice and start over.
Then, after seeing a former football rival in the boxing ring, Mitchell picked up a pair of gloves.
“Mayhem” Mitchell did exactly what his nickname indicates — dominating every fighter that crossed his path since 2006, until Banks delivered a crushing blow to his record.
Nevertheless, Mitchell’s unwavering confidence is still there. The boxer had an impressive workout last Tuesday at Dream Team Boxing Gym in Clinton.
“I am focusing on being a smarter fighter, and I am working my balance and distance … just the technical things to put a greater emphasis on,” Mitchell said. “I don’t like to give away too much about a game plan, but we saw some things. And, I’m sure he (Banks) corrected some things. So, I’m sure it’s going to be a good match, and I am just excited.”
Nineteen of Mitchell’s wins were won by knocking out his opponent.