By Gary “Digital” Williams and Juan Marshall
Photo: Juan Marshall
November 17, 2012 will not go down as a banner day in the professional boxing career of Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell. The Brandywine, MD resident walked into Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ looking for an impressive victory over Johnathan Banks of Detroit, MI. What Mitchell received was a major surprise..and perhaps a lesson in boxing as he approaches the big stage when Banks dropped Mitchell three times en route to a second-round TKO. Since that time, Mitchell has prepared for an opportunity for vindication and redemption as he looks to face Banks again on Saturday, June 22 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
So, what type of boxer will Mitchell be in this rematch?
“They (the fans) will still see an aggressive fighter,” Mitchell said. “But I will be a smarter fighter — a fighter that stays behind his jab. I’ll try to be more disciplined.”
“I’ll still be an exciting fighter,” Mitchell added. “I’ll still let my hands go but I’ll have better technique and I’ll be more defensively responsible.”
Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KO’s) tells Fightnews that one of his keys will be simply to stay focused and to be smart.
“I’ll still have my killer instinct,” Mitchell said. “But I can’t let my aggression overcome me. I have to be smarter in my approach. The fans are going to see a smarter fighter, a fighter that’s in shape and ready to put on a show for the fans.”
“I feel in my heart that I am a better fighter and on the 22nd, I have to take what I’ve learned in the gym and have carryovers — carry what I’ve learned into the ring on the 22nd.”