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 Last update:  12/11/2011       Read more by David P. Greisman         
Seth Mitchell: Three or Four Away From The Klitschkos
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by David P. Greisman

Just a couple of hours after scoring the biggest win of his career by stopping Timur Ibragimov in the second round, heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell, 29 years old and now 24-0-1 with 18 knockouts, spoke to reporters about the victory.


I prepared hard for this fight. I prepared to go a hard 10 rounds. God is good. I feel good. Im on cloud nine right now. I knew this was a big test. Timur, he was never stopped. I definitely wanted to be the first to stop him. At the same time, I wasnt going to go out there and get reckless and open myself up. I saw that he had a game plan. He caught me with a couple of shots. But thats a part of boxing. I was able to adjust.

My trainer, Andre Hunter put together, a great game plan, a great camp. We had to alleviate Timurs right hand. That was our main objective. When I watched the tape by myself, I went back to my trainer, he said, What did you see? I said He died out in the later rounds. He was open for the uppercut. And then we watched it together, he said, He cant get away from a right hand.

And as I was watching it with him, I saw the right hand open all day. So in training camp we worked on just finishing, definitely going to the body, keeping the pressure on, but finishing with the right hand, as you saw at the end of the fight. He couldnt get away from the right hand.

This was a big step for me. This is the level that I want to be on. I plan to stay on this level. I dont think that I cant be beat. I dont think that Im invincible at all. But I work hard. Im humble and Im hungry. The Klitschkos, they stand alone in the heavyweight division, but I truly believe that right now I mix in well with any heavyweight out there. So Im just going to continue to work hard and try to reach my goals.


The Klitschkos, they dont have the most exciting fighting style, but you have to respect them. Theyre giants. Theyre 66, 67, and they use their God-given talents. They use them well. I believe I have to get about three or four more fights, and then good lords willing, hopefully if I dont have any setbacks in 2013, early 2013, Ill be able to challenge them, and hopefully I can get the job done.

I feel that I mix in with the heavyweights right now, but theres a couple more fights I have to get before Im ready to challenge the Klitschkos.


Hopefully I can get in there in March. Well sit down with the team, with my manager, with Golden Boy and Al Haymon. Hopefully Ill get back there in March. I would love to fight here [in Washington, D.C.], but at the same time Ive got to sit down with them and see what they come up with. Even as a champion, I would like to be an active champion, fighting at least three times a year. I like to fight. Ive got to stay busy.


Im not a weightlifter. Im a boxer. A lot of people think that because I come from football, and Ive said this numerous times, I believe that everybody is blessed with a particular gift or particular talent, and I truly believe that athleticism is my talent. This is what God has blessed me with. Its not a coincidence that I started boxing when I was 25 years old, had only 10 amateur fights, signed with Golden Boy and have picked up this craft this quickly.

I just believe God is bestowing his blessings on me. Not only do I believe Im blessed with the athletic ability, the size, the strength, the speed, but I dont take that for granted. I work extremely hard. I try to learn as much as I can. Ive been sparring with Tony Thompson since I was six months into the boxing game. Hes one of the top heavyweights out there. Hes taught me a lot.

I just feel that when I get in the ring with my opponents, I surprise them. They look at me and see that Im strong, but they underestimate my athletic ability and my speed and my boxing savvy-ness. If you look at this fight, he came out, he was trying to settle some things, and I had to adjust a little bit. He caught me with the jab. Its nothing. Its a part of boxing. You get hit. Im a student of the game. I just try to improve each every fight, and I believe Im doing it thus far in my career.


It felt good. It sent chills through my body. I knew it was a big moment for me in my career, fighting on HBO, fighting at home, having the home crowd. But I understand that its a business, and I understand that Im on HBO because of what Ive been doing. I have to stay grounded, stay humble, stay focused and continue to do what Im doing so I can be on this level again.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter at or on Facebook at, or send questions and comments to

Tags: Wladimir Klitschko , Vitali Klitschko , Seth Mitchell


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comment by ShoulderRoll, on 12-13-2011
[QUOTE=Mikhnienko]Funny. He's a HW prospect who doesn't look like a failed football player who took up the sport a few years ago. Oscar Rivas is promising, Mitchell's hype is just sad.[/QUOTE] No one has whipped Ibragimov like he did. So while he's not ready for a Klit just yet his hype is ce...

comment by Mikhnienko, on 12-13-2011
[QUOTE=Tobi.G]Oscar who?? I havent seen an american HW talent like Mitchell in years. He will go far if he has no glas jaw and improves his defence a bit.[/QUOTE] Funny. He's a HW prospect who doesn't look like a failed football player who took up the sport a few years ago. Oscar Rivas is prom...

comment by jimmy1569, on 12-13-2011
Wtf is all this bs LATELY about fighters being ready for a Klitschko next year.. if you're not READY now... you were never ready before & you won't be ready later.. enough with th e excuses & or prebout boasts.. for once someone get into the ring with them & actually bring it & put there money wh...

comment by House of Stone, on 12-13-2011
It all depends on the fights. 4 or 5 would be plenty if they were against say chambers/arreolia followed by grant/Fury followed by Chisora/Perez followed by helenius/Potevkin or something like that. 4 or 5 fights will not be enough if they are against bums with as many losses as wins where he wil...

comment by Tobi.G, on 12-13-2011
[QUOTE=Mikhnienko]See Oscar Rivas stop Greer in Montreal this weekend? That guy is a legit prospect, Mitchell is just a hypejob.[/QUOTE] Oscar who?? I havent seen an american HW talent like Mitchell in years. He will go far if he has no glas jaw and improves his defence a bit.

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