By Matt Richardson
There was a time not too long ago when junior middleweight Sechew Powell was one of the brightest prospects coming out of New York City. 20 wins, no losses and 11 wins coming by way of knockout. A fixture on Lou DiBella’s monthly Broadway Boxing series, the well spoken Powell was starting to become a force to be reckoned with at 154 pounds. But then the results started to fluctuate: a decision loss to Kassim Ouma was followed by a less than scintillating win over Ishe Smith. Powell bounced back to win two in a row by knockout but then, shockingly, was stopped by Deandre Latimore in a seventh round technical knockout loss in the summer of 2008. He has only fought twice since and only one of those fights took place this year. But on December 12, Powell (now 25-2, 15 KO’s) returns to box Antonio Mesquita at the Paris in Las Vegas, Nevada. For the Brooklyn born and raised boxer, it marks a chance to get back to where he once was.
“I’m just anxious to get back to work,” Powell told Fightnews last weekend. “I just want to show everybody that I’m still one of the best guys in the junior middleweight division. I’ve already been training for the past two and a half weeks or so and I’m really stepping it up,” he said.
According to Powell, everything that has happened recently in his career is simply “all water under the bridge,” he said. “I’m still around. My main goal right now is just to move forward.” He said that he knew what had hurt him in last loss and has since promised himself that it won’t happen again. “Truthfully,” he said, the loss to Latimore “wasn’t as difficult to recuperate from as you would think. I knew what the problem was. I didn’t properly use nutrition in that fight. I was drained physically from trying to make weight. I didn’t replenish my body properly.”
It is a mistake he said he won’t make again, particularly against Mesquita (35-1, 27 KO’s whose only loss was to Lamont Peterson). “I think he’s a good fighter,” Powell said. “He just didn’t wake up yesterday with a record like that.”
But while remaining focused on Mesquita, Powell allows himself to look towards the future as well. “I’m refocused on my goal,” he said. “I’d like to see him in another title eliminator as soon as possible,” said Mark Vaz, Powell’s manager. “We’ve had a few fights fall out on us and we want to keep busy and get back into position as a mandatory challenger when we can,” Vaz said. “This is a good start in that direction.”
“I just want to have an impressive fight against Mesquita and position myself to fight for a world championship,” Powell explained. “I’m still determined. I’m just going to keep chopping and keep working hard.”