Former Michigan State University linebacker Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs), ranked No. 3 by the WBO and No. 9 by the WBC at heavyweight, is looking forward to his next bout sometime in September of this year.
Right now Mitchell is successfully recovering from a hand injury that he sustained in his last victory over Chazz Witherspoon back in April.
As you may recall, in his biggest victory up to this date, he defeated Witherspoon by TKO in the third round on a HBO-televised card.
Witherspoon, a former 2004 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion, suffered his last defeat before Mitchell against Tony Thompson in December of 2009 by TKO in the ninth round. Thompson ranks No. 2 at heavyweight by the IBF and is now set to face Wladimir Klitschko for the world title on July 7th in Switzerland.
Credit to Mitchell's steady rise in the heavyweight division goes out to his team of his trainer Andre Hunter, manager Sharif Salim, public relations Lorin Chvotkin and promoter Golden Boy Promotions.
Salim, Mitchell's manager over the past six years, tells me that Mitchell's next bout should be on HBO or Showtime in September against an opponent to be named. After three or four more fights—sometime in 2013—Mitchell will be ready for a world title shot against one of the Klitschko brothers or whoever is the world champion at the time. "Seth will be going into a world championship match to win (come out as the new champion) not just to go the distance."
Mitchell credits his steady success to his team, his athleticism, hard work and determination to succeed in the fight game. He told me that he felt comfortable after his 17th or 18th bout that he could dominate as a heavyweight. He thanks his fans and followers and wishes for them to keep him in their prayers.
I, along with others in the fight game, believe that if Mitchell (the new WBO-NABO Heavyweight Champion) continues to face tougher competition and win as he has been, with continued television exposure, he should get that world title shot in 2013. He has proven to be an exciting new player in the heavyweight division.
* All quotes obtained first-hand