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Considering the late start he got in the sport, Seth Mitchell's accomplishments as a prizefighter were impressive. The former college football star tantalized fans who were hungry for an American hope at heavyweight.
Mitchell started his career with a 25-0-1 record, winning 19 fights by knockout. He had stoppages of some credible fringe contenders/journeymen and showed legitimate offensive talent.
But he never really seemed to adjust his mental outlook to accommodate boxing. I interviewed Mitchell twice. He is a smart athlete, and his insights into the difference between boxing and football were always interesting.
"Football is all about getting pumped up to deliver that big hit in the hole," he told me. "You want that adrenaline. In boxing I've had to learn to relax."
But when badly rocked, Mitchell has always shown a tendency to fall back on his football instincts and amp up the aggression when he should be clinching defensively. It almost cost him a victory against Chazz Witherspoon, and it got him stopped in November 2012 against the cagey former cruiserweight Johnathon Banks.
Mitchell came back from his loss to Banks to earn a decision victory in the rematch. However, last September he was absolutely blitzed by Chris Arreola, getting knocked out in the first.
That was less than a year ago, so it's possible Mitchell will return to action. I hope he doesn't. He's a college-educated guy who should avoid any more head trauma at this point.
Even if he attempts to come back, I feel confident his "flash moment" has passed.