American heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KOs) is getting ready for his return to the ring which will take place on September 7th at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. The 31-year old “Mayhem” will face former WBC challenger Cristobal Arreola (35-3, 30 KO). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBC International and WBO NABO heavyweight titles at the stake. Mitchell is coming back to the ring after his unanimous decision victory over Johnathon Banks (29-2-1, 19 KOs) in June.
Q: Hello Seth, tell us how are you and how is your training camp going before your big fight against Chris Arreola.
A: Training camp is going well. I'm in the final stages of camp and I feel my trainer Andre Hunter has me mentally and physically prepared for this fight.
Q: Do you think that it is your best training camp so far? Is all going well without troubles and injuries?
A: I think all my training camps have been my best. I'm still learning on the job, making adjustments in my game, and I believe I'm getting better. I just have to go out there and show what I've learned and what I'm capable of doing. I haven't had any injuries during this camp and I feel good. I've trained hard, but I also made sure that I received adequate rest.
Q: What do you think about your opponent? Have you seen his losses against Klitschko, Adamek and Stiverne? Have you already found a way to beat this dangerous fighter?
A: I've watched most of Arreola's fights. I have seen him fight in person as well. I have a good idea what he brings to the table. Not taking anything away from Chris Arreola, because he is a good boxer. Without giving my game plan away, I'll say that I feel confident that I will be prepared for whatever he does in this fight.
Q: Many people think that after your first fight against Jonathon Banks that you have a 'glass chin' and Chris will knock you out without a problem. What's your response? Frankly speaking, I believe Chris has not a single knocking punch, he likes to come forward and throw many punches, that's his main way to beat opponents.
A: Like you said, this is the heavyweight division. At this level, all these boxers have knockout power. I've been working on my head movement and my defense. As far as having a glass chin goes, people can say what they want. Criticism doesn't bother me. I'm getting better and some of the mistakes I've made in the past, I won't make again. Arreola is aggressive, will come forward and throw lots of punches. I can punch too. He will have to deal with that.
Q: Do you think this is the most important fight for you? Arreola said, if he loses this fight, he may retire. Can you say something like that, or can you look forward for future also after a potential loss?
A: I've said before that this is a crossroads fight for both of us. Arreola is coming off a loss and needs a big win. I recently won a rematch of my first loss, but it wasn't considered a visually appealing win, so I've got a lot to prove in this fight. I'm working towards a title shot, so of course, every fight is critical. A loss at this stage can set you back two years. I haven't thought of retiring anytime soon.
Q: How close will you be to your first title shot, assuming you beat Arreola?
A: I will sit down with my team after the fight and see where we are. We can't look forward to bigger things until we take care of the business at hand, and that's staying focused on Chris Arreola. All I'm thinking about is him, and not anything else.
Q: As we know, Vitali Klitschko won't fight his mandatory opponent - Bermane Stiverne until first quarter of 2014 and WBC has allowed him to take a long lay-off without vacating the belt. Do you think it is fair? Andre Ward has a WBC champion emeritus status, and his last fight took place the same day as Vitali's fight.
A: I can't control the politics in boxing. The sanctioning bodies make their decisions based on what they feel is an acceptable standard. I would hope that they would make decisions that are fair.
Q: I’d like to ask you about Banks fight. What do you think about your first loss? Did you learn a lot from this fight?
A: I'm not the same boxer as the one who was stopped against Banks. I've made adjustments in my style and I'm a much smarter fighter. I know when to use my power and I have a lot more patience. I'm not reckless, leaning and reaching, like I did in that fight. That loss was a bad day for me, but at the same time, it was a great learning experience.
Q: After your rematch against Banks there were suspicions made by some boxing fans that result of that fight was set before it started, because Banks didn’t want to face Wladimir, and that’s why he had probably tanked. What can you say about that?
A: I don't believe any of that stuff is true.
Q: There's going to be many interesting fights in the heavyweight division this year. Can you give us your picks for Klitschko vs. Povetkin and Haye vs. Fury fights?
A: Klitschko will win by unanimous decision. Haye beats Fury by unanimous decision in the other fight.
Q: Any closing thoughts?
A: I want to thank all my fans for all of their encouragement and support. Keep me in your prayers and tune in on September 7th on Showtime for my fight versus Chris Arreola. I hope it is an exciting night for the heavyweight division. I'm on Facebook and on Twitter at @SethMayhem48.