Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Unbeaten American heavyweight hope, the skillful headhunter Seth Mitchell, is banking on hammering in the final nail on Chazz Witherspoon‘s professional boxing coffin as it will further propel him into international stardom and a potential fight with one of the dominant Klitschko siblings; WBC incumbent Vitali and WBA/WBO/IBF unified champion Wladimir. Mitchell boxes Witherspoon on April 28 inside the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
“To say that I don’t think about [a fight with a Klitschko], I would be lying,” confessed Mitchell, two weeks prior to his highly-anticipated examination with 30-year-old gatekeeper Witherspoon (30-2-0, 22ko).
Mitchell (24-0-1, 18ko) has fast earned a reputation for silky moves and monstrous power, the latter quality, however, has ensured he has oft left the ring in order to go for an early bath as 72 percent of his opponents are separated from their senses. Questions, therefore, have arisen over whether Mayhem can endure 12 rounds; a feat he has yet to accomplish.
“It’s my first time being scheduled for 12 rounds [but] I’m not worried… at all,” the Maryland native said, before explaining how he and his team are readying themselves for 36 minutes of fisticuffs. “We do a lot of our training on a punch count, just picking up my punch, you know, 200 punches a round, 250-260 punches a round, and increasing my sparring rounds.
“I spar 12 rounds straight with various sparring partners coming in and out. Increasing my roll now, just doing the right thing. I’m always a fighter. If you look at my weight, I’ve always come in at a pretty good-because just to stay weight, the heaviest I’ve ever been going up to my average is 243 in 25 fights. I’m not worried about going 12 rounds.”
Mitchell, though, was swift to ensure reporters knew of his “respect for Chazz”. He said: “His record speaks for itself. I consider him to be fundamentally sound. He’s a good technical boxer and he comes to fight. He throws a lot of punches. [It's] just making me sharpen up my game, cross my t’s and dot my i’s.”
On his tactics for the fight, Mitchell disclosed: “I’m not going to go out there reckless. I’m just going to dictate, stay behind my jab. I believe if I put my punches together and stay with my game plan, I could get him out of there but I’m definitely going to be prepared to go hard 12 rounds. I do want to be impressive. I don’t want my knockout streak to stop but at the same time, I’ll go out there to be smart.
“I’m an entertaining fighter… win, lose, or draw, I’m coming to fight and the fans will be entertained. But I definitely… I expect to win. This might be the nail in the coffin for Chazz if he loses this fight, but if I lose this fight, my coffin is going to be in production.
“I’m not ready for my coffin to be in production yet.”