By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photo: Juan Marshall
If one listens to the voice of Brandywine, MD heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell in recent days, one may hear an increase in volume. There’s no anger there, it’s as if he is fully aware of what’s at stake as he prepares for his very important, nationally-televised, 12-round showdown against Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola on Saturday, September 7 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.
Calling this bout a “cash-in” not a “cash-out” fight, Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KO’s) says he is very focused in his preparation, which also includes no talk about any other possible opponents is allowed.
“I’m totally focused on this fight,” Mitchell recently told reporters at his training camp at the Dream Team Boxing Gym in Clinton, MD. “If I don’t win this fight all that other talk (about fighting Deontay Wilder or Sergei Liakovich) is for nothing. Ask me about them after the fight.”
Mitchell says he knows what Arreola (35-3, 30 KO’s) will bring to the table and he says he is prepared for what happens.
“I know I’m facing a tough opponent who comes forward a lot, throws a lot of punches and has a heavy hand,” Mitchell says. “I’m expecting the best Chris Arreola and I’m confident that I’m going to win.”
“Him and his trainer (Henry Ramirez) have been talking a lot of noise. A lot of noise,” Mitchell continued. “They will have to back it up on September 7. I know the bout is in his hometown (Arreola is from Escondido, CA) but that doesn’t matter to me. I’m prepared, I’m focused and come September 7, they will have to back up all that trash they’re talking.”
Mitchell says he admits Arreola may have more in-ring experience but says he concedes nothing else to his opponent.
“He’s a hell of a fighter. I’m a hell of fighter…I will give him the benefit of having more experience but I’m just as good or better than he is,” Mitchell said. “I’m learning each and every fight and I’ve gotten tremendously better over the last 15 months. It’s going to show on September 7.”
The Seth Mitchell-Chris Arreola contest will be the main event on Showtime Championship Boxing on Saturday, September 7 from the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA.