Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell will be returning to the ring Nov. 17 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. against Johnathan Banks, according to Lorin Chvotkin, who handles media relations for the heavyweight contender.
The scheduled 12-round matchup will be televised by HBO and serve as the co-main event of the broadcast.
In the main event, Adrien Broner will be taking on WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco. The bout has been agreed to in principle, said Chvotkin, but no contracts have been officially signed to his knowledge.
A formal announcement concerning the fight card should be made in the coming days by Golden Boy Promotions.
In addition to appearing in the co-main event, Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs) will also be featured on the HBO boxing documentary series 2 Days: Portrait of a Fighter, starting Oct. 27.
This will be the third appearance for Mitchell on HBO. Mitchell’s last bout on the network was a thrilling third-round TKO victory over Chazz Witherspoon, which saw Mitchell almost get knocked out in the first round. Mitchell would come back in the second round, eventually stopping his opponent in the third round.
The bout with Banks was originally slated to take place as the co-feature for the Amir Khan vs. Danny Garcia matchup on July 14. Just one day after announcing the fight, however, it was revealed that Mitchell had injured his right hand in the bout with Witherspoon.
At this point in his career, Mitchell, a former linebacker at Michigan State University, who didn’t take up boxing until his mid-20s, is much too green to face either Klitschko brother.
A win over Banks would be a step in the right direction for the undefeated former gridiron standout.
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