Mitchell eyes homecoming, title fights
CLINTON, MD. — The manager of prospect Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell, of Brandywine, Md., has unveiled a three-fight plan that would culminate with a heavyweight title bout in the winter of 2013 should Mitchell get beyond an HBO-televised, Nov. 17 clash of 30-year-olds with Johnathon Banks at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 knockouts) will face Banks (28-1-1, 18 KOs) on the undercard of a main event between WBC lightweight beltholder Antonio DeMarco (28-2-1, 21 KOs) and former WBO junior lightweight beltholder Adrien Broner (24-0, 20 KOs).
Mitchell stopped Ibragimov on the undercard of a main event during which Lamont Peterson earned a split-decision over Amir Khan at The Washington Convention Center, and he halted Witherspoon on the undercard of Chad Dawson’s unanimous decision over Bernard Hopkins at Boardwalk Hall.
After Banks, however, Mitchell’s manager, Sharif Salim, would like his fighter to be the main event.
“We’ve been in some high-profile undercard fights, and we’re the co-main event for this fight with Banks,” said Salim. “So I think that the next one, we’re going to try to be the main event with a fight, maybe in late February or early March.”
Mitchell grew up in Virginia Beach, Va., with little knowledge of a father who separated from his mother, Jeanette Mitchell, when he was 5. Mitchell only met his father three times before the man died in 2006, and moved to Brandywine to live with his grandparents when he was 12.
“I’ve often talked to Golden Boy about having Seth do three homecoming fights. One would be in his original hometown of Virginia Beach, where he spent his first 12 years,” said Salim.
“Virginia Beach is really warming to that idea. They’re going big now, even trying to get an NBA team. We would like that sometime in early March or late February, and there, we would be the main event.”
The next venue Salim would look to stage a bout for Mitchell would be at Michigan State, where the fighter starred as a scholarship linebacker before graduating with a degree in criminal justice.
“I talked to [Golden Boy CEO] Richard Schaaefer and Golden Boy,” said Salim, referring to a summer matchup. “We would like to see a fight in East Lansing, Michigan. We think that we could fill the Breslin Center, where Seth went to college at Michigan State.”
Once named Maryland’s Defensive Player of the Year at Gwynn Park High in Brandywine by the Associated Press, Mitchell welcomed the challenge of fighting at his collegiate Alma Mater.
“We’ve already been talking about that. It hasn’t come to fruition yet, but hopefully, that can happen sooner rather than later. I would love to go back and fight at the Breslin Center or maybe even have a fight in the football stadium,” said Mitchell, in an earlier interview with RingTV.com.
“I think that that would be a good look and I think that it would draw thousands. I think that it would sell out. It’s something that Golden Boy and the people from Michigan State have addressed. We haven’t quite come to terms yet. But it will happen. It will happen. If I keep on doing what I’m doing, then it will definitely happen.”
The run would end in the fall, said Salim, with a championship bout in Washington, D.C., potentially against the Ukrainian Klitschko brothers, Vitali Klitschko or Wladimir Klitschko. Wladimor is the RING, IBF, WBA and WBO champ, and Vitali, the WBC’s beltholder.
“If the good Lord blesses us, after that, we would love to have a heavyweight championship fight maybe against a Klitschko at The Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.,” said Salim.
“Those are the three homecomings that we would love to have. But of course, we would love to take care of business on Nov. 17.”
Photos by Delane Rouse, Hogan Photos, Golden Boy Promotions
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