by David P. Greisman
Negotiations are underway for a bout between heavyweights Seth Mitchell and Chris Arreola, according to Mitchell’s manager, Sharif Salim.
Nothing has been signed or set yet. Potential dates could include early September, possibly on the West Coast.
This confirmed an earlier tweet by Steve Kim of MaxBoxing.com, who noted last week that the fight was being discussed.
“Even though he lost his last fight to [Bermane] Stiverne, he’s quite a capable opponent. Very dangerous,” Salim said of Arreola. “And he is indeed an entertaining fighter. I looked at Seth’s last fight [against Johnathon Banks], which we had to fight a more strategic fight, pumping that jab, watching our distance, all those types of things, because the overall objective there was simply to get our ‘W.’ Every fight Seth has been in, be it one round, two or three, has been exciting. This [Banks bout] was a strategic fight, and we’re OK with that.
“But we want to bring back again that wonderful arsenal that Seth has, as well as that turbulence, that excitement that he brings when he fights. We believe a fight with two guys who will be coming at each other will be, for however long it lasts, something that the public will give two thumbs up on.”
Look for a full interview with Salim soon on BoxingScene.com.
Mitchell’s unanimous decision win over Banks in June avenged his second-round stoppage loss to him last November. The victory brought the 31-year-old’s record to 26-1-1 with 19 knockouts.
Arreola lost a unanimous decision to Stiverne in April. The 32-year-old is now 35-3 with 30 knockouts.
Both boxers are with adviser Al Haymon, though this wouldn't be the first time two Haymon fighters faced each other. Earlier this year, middleweight Peter Quillin stopped Fernando Guerrero.
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