The boxing world has been waiting a long time for the next great heavyweight. Maryland heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs), who will take on Johnathon Banks (28-1-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, could be what the world is looking for.
Mitchell (pictured standing) and Banks are the co-main event and will fight just prior to the Adrien Broner-Antonio DeMarco bout live on HBO’s Championship Boxing.
Mitchell has blazed quite a trail recently, scoring knockouts in each of his last 10 fights, including six in the first two rounds.
But Mitchell, 30, isn’t just about the knockouts. The former linebacker out of Michigan State didn’t start boxing until 2006. He fell in love with the sport after watching Indianapolis Colts safety Tom Zbikowski win his pro boxing debut at Madison Square Garden.
Whether Mitchell, the NABO champ, has the skills to beat either Wladimir or Vitale Klitschko and win one of the major belts is up for debate. But if he continues on his current path, he will at least get a shot.
Said Mitchell: "I believe including this fight, Lord willing, if I do what I'm supposed to do, I believe I'm two or three more fights away from a title shot. I don't think I'm that far away at all.”
If he does get a title shot, Mitchell said he thinks it will happen toward the end of 2013.
"My team and I we have a plan, and we had a plan since day one," said Mitchell. "And the latter part of 2013 had always been that plan.
As for the main event, Broner (24-0, 20 KOs) will fight for DeMarco's WBC lightweight title. DeMarco improved to 28-2 with a second-round knockout of John Molina on September 8.