Brandywine, Md. native and heavyweight boxing prospect Seth Mitchell (25-1-1 record, 19 knockouts) hosted a closed media workout session June 11 at the Dream Team boxing gym in Clinton in preparation for his re-match against Jonathon Banks (29-1-1 record, 19 knockouts) for the NABO and WBC international heavyweight championships.

Mitchell, a 30-year-old fighter with Oscar De la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, lost the first fight against Detroit native Banks in November, the first loss of his career. He was scheduled for a rematch in February, but the bout was postponed due to an injury to Banks. Four months later, Mitchell looks and feels as confident as one could be heading into the fight, which is now scheduled for June 22 in Atlantic City, N.J. Mitchell’s fight is the undercard to the main event, a bout between Adrien Broner and Paulie Malinaggi.

“This is a major fight; I wouldn’t say career ender but it definitely a major setback fight for me and I realize that but the stakes are high and I’m confident I will come out on top this time,” Mitchell said.

“I saw the errors I made in the first fight and I am a smarter fighter now,” he said. “The light switch came on, I took an L, I learned from it, and hit the gym to work on my errors and perfect my craft and I’m excited.”

Mitchell said he’s still going to be aggressive in the ring, regardless of who he faces.

“I’m still going to bring that heat. I tell people win, lose, or draw I don’t see myself in a boring fight,” Mitchell said. “I’m just going to be smarter and have a smarter approach and be more defensively responsible and take care of business; that’s my mindset.”

Sharif Salim, Mitchell’s manager, said this is the best camp Mitchell has had in a long time, and feels good about his boxer heading into the fight.

“We feel real good, man, it’s the best camp and the longest camp we’ve had with some good sparring and he’s learned a lot,” Salim said. “That’s the main thing.

He has to have patience, balance, distance, feints, and keep punching in combos. Remember, DMO’s (defense makes offense) and watching out for the traps. You know Banks is very heady and crafty and we understand that but we really are ready.”


Mike Wright

Special to the AFRO