Undefeated heavyweight Seth Mitchell (25-0-1, 19KOs) has given much hope to those who yearn for an American-bred heavyweight attraction. Mitchell, a former NCAA Division I linebacker, was forced to retire from football due to damaged cartilage in his knee. After witnessing a former Notre Dame football opponent named Tom Zbikowski win his professional boxing debut, Mitchell decided to give the sweet science try. Two pro fights into his career, he was signed by Golden Boy Promotions.
On April 28 of this year, Mitchell captured his first title by knocking out the bruising Chazz Witherspoon in the third round of their heavyweight showdown. This Saturday, Mitchell will be taking on Johnathon Banks for the vacant WBC International heavyweight title on HBO. I recently had a chance to catch up with Mitchell and here's what he had to say:
CraveOnline: How are you?
Seth Mitchell: Well and great man. I'm doing great, how about yourself?
CraveOnline: I'm doing well, thanks. First off I'd like to congratulate you on your championship performance against Witherspoon in April. It was a hell of a performance I have to say.
Mitchell: Thank you very much man, I appreciate that. After the fight I went to the Mayweather and Cotto fight and people just…I was like a rockstar over night or something. It was crazy.
CraveOnline: You definitely put people on notice with that performance. After numerous cancellations you'll finally be facing Johnathon Banks on November 17th. In your opinion what are his best assets as a boxer and what are you looking to exploit as far as his style goes?
Mitchell: I think his best asset is his ability to counter punch, his ability to set traps. I think those are his best assets. He's proven that he can get knocked down and get back up to win the fight so he definitely has that pedigree. He has experience. His ability to counter punch is his best quality. His weakest is that he likes to fight as his pace though.
CraveOnline: Would you say he's your toughest opponent to date?
Mitchell: When people ask me those questions it's kinda tough. I think on paper he's definitely one of the top two opponents that I've faced. I think him and Chazz Witherspoon as far as on paper and quality of opposition they've faced. He might be the toughest opponent I've faced. I would say that he is.
CraveOnline: Let's say you get past Banks. Who are you looking at next?
Mitchell: If you follow me, I don't name drop anybody but I believe I'm ready to fight fighters that are in the top 15, top 10. That's up to my promotion, my management, but I'm not ducking anybody. I believe in myself. Win, lose or draw when I come to the table you know I'm gonna fight and I don't think I'd be an easy outing for any heavyweight.
CraveOnline: Where do you see your career in about three years?
Mitchell: Three years? Oh hell, I hope I got those straps! I hope to have made a substantial amount of money. I'd hope that I became heavyweight champ of the world and defending my title.
CraveOnline: If you were to fight one of the Klitschko brothers which one would you prefer?
Mitchell: (Sigh) Pick your poison. I think that the youngest brother (Wladimir) is more athletic, he has more one punch power but I think he's more robotic. He uses his athleticism better, he has great balance. He uses his legs well to keep his distance. Where as the older brother (Vitali) has a little more heart. He fights you more, he throws more punches but he doesn't hit as hard but he's tough as nails. It's whatever way you want to go but I think you gotta pick your poison. You're damned if you do, you're damned if you don't. Both have great attributes but I think the youngest brother hits harder but the oldest brother throws more punches. He throws body punches, punches on the inside. He's tougher I think.
CraveOnline: What will happen on November 17th?
Mitchell: Seth Mitchell will have his hand raised. Seth will be ready to go one round or 12 rounds. I'll be victorious.
CraveOnline: Thank you and good luck!
Mitchell: I appreciate it.
Seth Mitchell will be taking on Johnathon Banks for the WBC International heavyweight title this Saturday live on HBO.
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