Seth Mitchell

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Seth Mitchell
Seth Mitchell 2011b.jpg
Mitchell in 2011
Real nameSeth Mitchell
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Reach78 in (191 cm)
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1982-05-29) May 29, 1982 (age 36)
Brandywine, Maryland
Boxing record
Total fights29
Wins by KO19
No contests0

Seth Mitchell (born May 29, 1982) is a former professional boxer in the heavyweight division.[1][2] Mitchell is signed to Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.[3] His boxing nickname is "Mayhem."

Early life[edit]

Growing up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Seth Mitchell earned the nickname, “Little Superstar,” by dominating older athletes in neighborhood pick-up basketball and football games. Despite being the youngest player on the court or field, he was often the first one picked to play. At the age of 12, Mitchell’s mother, Jeanette, moved him and his siblings to Brandywine, Maryland. It was in Maryland that he first began to participate in organized sports.

High school[edit]

Mitchell attended Gwynn Park High School, located in Brandywine, Maryland, where he played both football and basketball. In ninth grade, he stood six feet tall, weighed 200 pounds, and wore a size 16 shoe. In tenth grade, his weight increased to 220 pounds, but he grew less than an inch taller. Mitchell realized his lack of height could negatively affect his ability to compete in college basketball, but would not hamper his ability to succeed on the college gridiron.

Mitchell started as a freshman on the football varsity team and regularly impressed college scouts with his talent. During his junior and senior football seasons, he led his team in defensive statistics, totaling over 200 tackles, six interceptions, and 24 sacks.

Mitchell’s superb play on the field brought him recognition and many high school football awards, including his selection as one of the top 20 linebackers in the nation, being named the Maryland Defensive Player of the Year, Washington Post All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year, USA Today Maryland State Player of the Year, in addition to earning PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American honors. While all of the high school accolades were meaningful, the most significant honor was being the first football player in Gwynn Park High School history to have his jersey number retired (No. 48).

College football at Michigan State University[edit]

After receiving over a dozen NCAA Division I football scholarship offers, Seth Mitchell decided to attend Michigan State University. As a redshirt sophomore, Mitchell played middle linebacker and was second on his team in tackles with 103. The same year, he led the Spartans in conference play with 10.6 tackles a game. He recorded his career-high 17 tackles while playing against Ohio State. Mitchell was forced to hang up his cleats for good in 2005 due to damaged cartilage in his knee. He continued his education, and graduated from Michigan State with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Security Management.[4][5] His nickname, "Mayhem," was given to him by his football teammate at Michigan State, Jason Teague.

Mitchell discovers boxing[edit]

Following Mitchell’s college graduation, he circulated resumes in search of a job that would allow him to utilize his degree. One evening, he watched a former Notre Dame football opponent, Tom Zbikowski, win his professional boxing debut at Madison Square Garden. His competitive juices began to flow again and he decided to put his career in criminal justice on hold. Seeing a former football opponent have success in the ring, Mitchell was intrigued to inquire more about the “sweet science.”

Amateur boxing career[edit]

Prior to 2006, Mitchell had never stepped into a boxing ring. An athletic background, strong work ethic and a focused demeanor helped prepare him to enter the sport of boxing. He had a brief, but impressive amateur career, with a record of 9–1, with nine knockouts.

Professional boxing career[edit]

Mitchell in 2011

In 2008, Mitchell began his professional boxing career. After only his second professional fight, he signed with Golden Boy Promotions.

On December 11, 2010, he fought Taurus Sykes on the undercard of Amir Khan vs. Marcos Maidana,[6] winning the fight by knock out in the fifth round.[7]

On March 5, 2011, Mitchell fought Charles Davis, at Honda Center, Anaheim, California, on the undercard of the Saul Alvarez vs. Matthew Hatton for the WBC light middleweight title.[8] Mitchell won his 21st professional fight with a second-round TKO over Davis. The fight also gave Mitchell the fifteenth knockout of his career.[9]

On May 13, 2011, Mitchell fought Nicaraguan boxer Evans Quinn and won the fight by knockout in round one. The fight was televised on Showtime.[10] Mitchell was then originally scheduled to fight on the undercard of Marcos Maidana vs. Robert Guerrero on August 27, 2011. The venue was set to be HP Pavilion, San Jose, California. He was set to open the HBO-televised show. His opponent for the fight was to be the American journeyman Mike Mollo. However the whole card got cancelled on August 18, due to an injury to Rober Guerrero.[11] After that he got a quick fight on September 16, in Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. The opponent for the fight was Hector Ferreyro. The fight was aired on TeleFutura and Fox in the United States. Mitchell won the fight by third-round TKO. This marked Mitchell's eight consecutive stoppage.[12] He then fought on the Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson undercard on December 10, 2011, against Uzbek Timur Ibragimov. He opened the televised card on HBO by winning the fight on a second-round TKO.[13]

His next fight was boxed on April 28, as a part of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson undercard at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey. The opponent was former top contender Chazz Witherspoon. The fight was a co-main event and televised on HBO.[14] Mitchell overcame some rocky moments and won the fight by third-round TKO, marking him going 25–0–1 and his straight 10th KO victory. Witherspoon was dropped once in round three, before receiving a standing 8-count and the referee stopping the fight. With the win, Mitchell also won the vacant NABO Heavyweight Title.[15]

Mitchell was then set to return on July 14, 2012 against Johnathon Banks at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.[16] However, an injury to Mitchell's hand postponed the fight. The fight was rescheduled three times, without happening. First on September 15, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada.[17] Then it was reported to take place on October 6,[18] only to be moved to November 3,[19] and finally November 17, 2012 in Atlantic City. Mitchell was defeated by TKO in the second round after being knocked down three times.[20]

The rematch between Mitchell and Banks was scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fight was broadcast on Showtime as the co-feature to Adrien Broner vs Paulie Malignaggi.[21]

Mitchell went on to defeat Banks by unanimous decision over 12 rounds.

On September 7, 2013, Mitchell faced Chris Arreola for the WBC international heavyweight title at Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino, California. Mitchell was stopped in one round. After taking a huge right hand from Arreola, Mitchell appeared to be unable to stand up unaided and clung to Arreola, who then tossed Mitchell onto the canvas to receive the count. Mitchell was then dropped again but although on unsteady legs, was allowed to continue with the fight. He would land a big left hook that stopped Arreola in his tracks, but after taking further punishment the fight was halted. This victory gave Arreola a shot at the vacant WBC world title against Bermane Stiverne in May 2014.

Mitchell has not fought (or scheduled a fight) since the loss to Arreola, and the current status of his career is unknown.

Professional boxing record[edit]

26 Wins (19 knockouts), 2 Losses, 1 Draw[22]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 26–2–1 United States Chris Arreola KO 1 (12), 2:26 2013-09-07 United States Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California For WBC International heavyweight title. Mitchell down in round 1.
Win 26–1–1 United States Johnathon Banks UD 12 2013-06-22 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York Won WBC International HW title. Banks down in 2nd round.
Loss 25–1–1 United States Johnathon Banks TKO 2 (12), 2:37 2012-11-17 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey For vacant WBC International HW title. Lost NABO Heavyweight Title. WBC Heavweight Semi-Final Eliminator.
Win 25–0–1 United States Chazz Witherspoon TKO 3 (12), 2:31 2012-04-28 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won vacant NABO Heavyweight Title.
Win 24–0–1 Uzbekistan Timur Ibragimov TKO 2 (10), 2:48 2011-12-10 United States Convention Center, Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Win 23–0–1 United States Hector Ferreyro TKO 3 (10), 2:17 2011-09-16 United States Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Ferreyro down once.
Win 22–0–1 Nicaragua Evans Quinn KO 1 (10), 2:38 2011-05-13 United States Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, Nevada
Win 21–0–1 United States Charles Davis TKO 2 (10), 1:02 2011-03-05 United States Honda Center, Anaheim, California Davis down three times.
Win 20–0–1 United States Taurus Sykes KO 5 (8), 1:42 2010-12-11 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 19–0–1 United States Derrick Brown KO 1 (10), 2:59 2010-10-15 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California Brown down three times.
Win 18–0–1 United States Derek Bryant TKO 1 (8), 1:45 2010-07-31 United States Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 17–0–1 United States Johnnie White TKO 2 (8), 1:18 2010-05-07 United States Isleta Casino & Resort, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 16–0–1 United States Ryan Thompson TKO 3 (8), 2:32 2010-04-02 United States Convention Center, Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Win 15–0–1 United States Zack Page UD 8 2009-12-20 United States Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington, Maryland
Win 14–0–1 United States Jermell Barnes TKO 6 (8), 1:12 2009-10-24 United States Convention Center, Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Win 13–0–1 United States Andrae Carthron KO 1 (6), 2:36 2009-08-14 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona
Win 12–0–1 Mexico Alvaro Morales UD 6 2009-06-26 United States Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, Arizona Rematch.
Win 11–0–1 United States Andrew Greeley UD 6 2009-04-10 United States Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
Win 10–0–1 United States Joseph Rabotte TKO 1 (6), 1:19 2009-03-07 United States HP Pavilion, San Jose, California
Win 9–0–1 United States Jason Bergman TKO 5 (6), 2:59 2009-01-23 United States Martin's West, Woodlawn, Maryland
Win 8–0–1 United States Dan Whetzel TKO 1 (6), 2:39 2008-11-07 United States Show Place Arena, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Win 7–0–1 United States Shidevin Brown UD 6 2008-10-14 United States Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
Win 6–0–1 United States Mike Miller UD 6 2008-09-25 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland Rematch.
Win 5–0–1 United States Ryan St Germain TKO 2 (4), 3:00 2008-08-15 United States Ibiza Nightclub, Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Win 4–0–1 United States Henry Namauu KO 1 (4), 1:30 2008-07-23 United States Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California Namauu down twice.
Win 3–0–1 United States Alexis Cruz Medina TKO 2 (4), 1:23 2008-05-29 United States Michael's Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Draw 2–0–1 Mexico Alvaro Morales SD 4 2008-03-22 United States Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
Win 2–0 United States Maurice Winslow TKO 1 (4), 0:46 2008-02-29 United States National Guard Armory, Pikesville, Maryland
Win 1–0 United States Mike Miller UD 4 2008-01-18 United States National Guard Armory, Pikesville, Maryland Professional debut.


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  10. ^ "Seth Mitchell vs. Evans Quinn".
  11. ^ "Schaefer: Robert Guerrero Injured, Maidana Fight is Off – Boxing News".
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  15. ^ "Seth Mitchell vs. Chazz Witherspoon".
  16. ^ "Khan-Garcia, Mitchell-Banks Double Set For July 14th – Boxing News".
  17. ^ "Saul Alvarez-Josesito Lopez Reportedly Done For 9/15".
  18. ^ Gene Wang (27 July 2012). "Boxer Seth Mitchell to fight Johnathon Banks on Oct. 6". Washington Post.
  19. ^ Lem Satterfield (22 August 2012). "Mitchell-Banks, Broner fights moved to Nov. 3". Ring TV.
  20. ^ Scott Christ. "Adrien Broner Back on November 17, Seth Mitchell in Co-Feature". Bad Left Hook.
  21. ^ "Stiff Jab — Seth Mitchell Seeks Redemption Against Johnathon..."
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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tomasz Adamek
NABO Heavyweight Champion
28 April 2012 – 17 November 2012
Succeeded by
Johnathon Banks
Preceded by
Johnathon Banks
WBC International Heavyweight Champion
June 22, 2013 – September 7, 2013
Succeeded by
Chris Arreola