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Schaefer: Mitchell Will Not Be Rushed To a Klitschko Shot

By Keith Idec

ATLANTIC CITY — As impressive as Seth Mitchell’s comeback from first-round adversity was two weeks ago, his third-round technical knockout victory over Chazz Witherspoon provided plenty of proof that Mitchell is nowhere near ready to challenge one of the Klitschko brothers.

“I think it’s a learning experience and I don’t think we need to go and chase the Klitschkos,” said Richard Schaefer, chief executive officer for Golden Boy Promotions, which represents Mitchell. “I just don’t think that makes much sense. You keep on building him. This is not about, ‘Let’s go for a payday.’ This is about really building a heavyweight champion here in the United States again. That’s the plan. The plan is not to go and get a big payday, fighting over in Germany [against] a Klitschko.”

Oscar De La Hoya has mentioned that 39-year-old Michael Grant could be Mitchell’s next opponent. Other than the 6-foot-7 Grant’s height, he obviously has little in common with Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) or Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KOs), who’ve both been eyeing Mitchell as an opponent for later this year.

Grant could, however, help the 6-2 Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs) grow accustomed to fighting boxers that tall.

Of course, beating Grant (48-4, 36 KOs) wouldn’t mean he’s ready for one of the Klitschkos, but Schaefer stressed patience for a hard-hitting heavyweight who is very much learning on the job. The 29-year-old Mitchell, a former Michigan State linebacker from Brandywine, Md., began boxing less than six years ago and hopes to take incremental steps toward a title shot.

“It’s a learning curve for Seth, and I think he’s doing very well,” Schaefer said. “He’s passing with flying colors and we want to try to get him back as soon as possible.”

Withstanding Witherspoon’s onslaught during a dangerous first round in which it looked like Mitchell might get stopped at least provided evidence that he can overcome real trouble in the ring.

“I was a bit scared during the first round,” Schaefer said, “but he came through, made some adjustments and finished strong. I mean, what an exciting fighter. Who wouldn’t want to see him? I’m really happy for the heavyweight division here in the U.S. I think with Seth Mitchell, we do have somebody who eventually is going to become heavyweight champion and is going to be great.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TheHayeMaker on 05-09-2012

[QUOTE=New England;12098575]goldenboy is finally figuring **** out finally dont rush this kid you can probably get to wladimir without facing arreola, chisora, chambers, guys that would give him problems. i dont see any reason to think chambers cant outbox him.…

Comment by Tobi.G on 05-09-2012

[QUOTE=Roger08;12098822]There gonna wait for the Klitschko's the retire then stick Mitchell in against Tyson Fury for the Super Duper Heavyweight championship of the Universe. You heard it here first.[/QUOTE] Wrre are lots others upcomming fighters at HW. I think they…

Comment by Tobi.G on 05-09-2012

[QUOTE=New England;12098575]goldenboy is finally figuring **** out finally dont rush this kid .[/QUOTE] So far Mitchells build up has been absolutely correct. Look at Wilders career thats really waste of time. Grant would be a fine opponent for Mitchell, after…

Comment by GoogleMe on 05-08-2012

Give him two years of fighting. He needs experience, so he can brush off getting hurt better.

Comment by Best in Boxing on 05-08-2012

good.... don't be another Calvin Brock...

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