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 Last update:  8/1/2012       Read more by David P. Greisman            &
Seth Mitchell Back in Training For Banks Bout on 10/6
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by David P. Greisman

Last week it was announced that heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell will be returning to the ring this Oct. 6 to face Johnathon Banks.

That bout, coming on the Atlantic City undercard to an Adrien Broner main event, is one that was initially supposed to have taken place on the July undercard to Amir Khan-Danny Garcia. But Mitchell had to pull out of facing Banks in July, citing lingering damage to his hand from an April technical knockout over Chazz Witherspoon.

Mitchells injury a sprained MCL in his right middle finger knuckle has now healed, and the 30-year-old from Brandywine, Md., is getting ready for his fight against Banks, a 30-year-old from Detroit with a record of 28-1-1 (18 knockouts).

Mitchell, who is undefeated at 25-0-1 with 19 KOs, spoke to on July 27. Your return to the ring has been announced. Hows the injured hand coming along?

Mitchell: Its coming along well. Last week, I started back punching the heavy bag and doing the mitts. And so far, so good, man. It just feels good to have a date and start my preparation. Ive been in the gym, but just real light stuff and only using my left hand until last week. So, so far, so good. Im excited. Has the hand completely healed?

Mitchell: Yes, as far as I know. Im punching on it, and Im not having any side effects or any soreness. So as far as Im concerned, its completely healed, and Im just ready to go. Hopefully it continues to feel as it does. Youre facing the same opponent that you were going to face prior to taking time off to heal the hand. Why face Johnathon Banks in your first fight back rather than take a gimme fight?

Mitchell: I feel that Im ready for that next echelon of fighters, and Johnathon Banks, I think hes going to pose a tough test for me, but as always Ill be prepared. Im looking forward to going out there, performing well and coming out victorious. You had said back when the Banks fight got canceled that you felt sorry for him. Was it important for you that he still be the opponent when your hand healed?

Mitchell: I definitely wanted him to be the opponent. My team and I, we think this is a good step up in competition on my way to hopefully fighting for the title. I realize that this is how people feed their family, and that was the first time that I actually had to pull out of a fight. I definitely wanted him to have his opportunity to fight me. This would be his first time on this venue in a while. So I want him to enjoy the fruits of his labor as well but I definitely dont plan on having any setbacks, though. And Im guessing part of that is because of hes the kind of opponent and potential test you and your team want for you at this point in your career.

Mitchell: Right. He has a good jab. He has an excellent right hand. Hes fought tough opposition. His record speaks for itself, 28-1-1 with 18 knockouts. So hes definitely somebody that has my juices flowing, and come the 6th of October, everything will be clicking on all cylinders. Banks only loss was to Tomasz Adamek. What did that fight show you about him?

Mitchell: Actually, Ive only seen highlights of that fight. I havent seen the full fight. Once I realized that I wasnt going to be fighting I was about to start watching tape of him, but I postponed that once I realized I wasnt going to fight. Im in the process of trying to get some tape of him now, and Ill start watching tape of him within the next week. So I havent really seen a lot of him; Ive just heard some things about him. What have you heard about him?

Mitchell: I heard that hes a pretty good boxer, and he has a good right hand and hell fight you a little bit. How do you deal, stylistically, with a former cruiserweight who could be faster than you in the ring, both with his feet and with his hands?

Mitchell: I dont necessarily think thats true. I feel that I have pretty good hand speed for a heavyweight. And I cut off the ring very well as a heavyweight. So I dont concede to any of that. I think Im prepared if somebody is faster than me as a heavyweight, I dont necessarily think theyre that much faster than me where its considered an advantage. As far as them moving and things of that nature, I cut off the ring pretty well and make it a small territory in there, so Ill be able to deal with whatever he brings to the table. This guy has sparred with Wladimir Klitschko and has had Emanuel Steward as his trainer. Do you think that supplements his skills when it comes to getting in the ring with a fighter like you?

Mitchell: I can say that he probably wont be intimidated because hes faced the likes of the Klitschkos. But at the same time its a whole new ballgame once you get in there. A lot of fighters, they face me, and they realize once they get in there that [Im better] than they expected me to be. I pack a bigger punch than they think I pack. And my ability to cut off the ring and make it constant pressure on them once they get in the ring and realize that, its a shock to them. Last year you ended 2011 by fighting in front of a home crowd in Washington, D.C. This past April it sounded like you had a good contingent of fans supporting you in Atlantic City. Now youll be back in Atlantic City again. Would you prefer to keep fighting in this area instead of, say, in Las Vegas or California?

Mitchell: I like the ability to be able to fight here. Hopefully well be able fight back here in D.C., but New York and Atlantic City is kind of like an extended home for me, because a lot of my fans and friends, theyre able to travel out to those venues. But Vegas, thats the spot to be. Thats big time right there. So I would like to continue to fight out in Vegas, as well as come back home to fight. Youd mentioned that Banks is the right opponent for this point in your career. Because of the postponement, has the injury pushed back your plans at all for a Klitschko fight in 2013?

Mitchell: Oh, absolutely not. I believe Im about three fights from my opportunity. I just need to continue to improve and continue to win. I think I can get that shot at the end of 2013. Any final thoughts for your fans?

Mitchell: Im excited to be back. I hope theyre as excited to watch me fight as I am to perform. I just ask them to pray for me, and to follow me on Twitter (@SethMayhem48) and on Facebook. And on Oct. 6, Im looking forward to putting on another good show.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter @fightingwords2 or send questions/comments via email at

Tags: Johnathon Banks , Seth Mitchell , Mitchell-Banks , Mitchell vs Banks

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comment by Tobi.G, on 08-01-2012
[QUOTE=Light_Speed]He's as ready as he'll ever be. What you see is what you get, he's pretty much a finished product.[/QUOTE] I dont think so. Guys like Rigo or Povetkin are finished products because they had a long amateur-career and learned almost everything they could. Fighters without a amat...

comment by -Antonio-, on 08-01-2012
A card with Broner, Mitchell, and Thurman on it is an explosive card. Hopefully i can make it out to this one. [QUOTE=Light_Speed]He's as ready as he'll ever be. What you see is what you get, he's pretty much a finished product.[/QUOTE] Depending on how good his trainer is Mitchell could still...

comment by Light_Speed, on 08-01-2012
He's as ready as he'll ever be. What you see is what you get, he's pretty much a finished product.

comment by ymmij388, on 08-01-2012
[QUOTE=Bushbaby]It is absolutely imperative that Mitchel learns a sustained body attack. These younger heavy weights don't seem to understand that they will never compete with the upper echelon Kliths head hunting. Cannot wait to see him back, very exciting fighter.[/QUOTE] i take it you didn'...

comment by Daa, on 08-01-2012
3 fights before a klitschko? Good luck, he need to improve a lot and fighting a ex-cruiser 'll not help him. Exciting fighter anyway.

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