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Shaw: Seth Mitchell Should Recall Lennox Lewis’ Loss

by David P. Greisman

Promoter Gary Shaw didn’t have a fighter on HBO’s televised co-feature on Saturday night — he was in Atlantic City to see his lightweight titleholder Antonio DeMarco face Adrien Broner in the main event — but he nevertheless had advice for Seth Mitchell following the heavyweight prospect’s second-round loss to Johnathon Banks.

“I represented Lennox Lewis when we first fought [Hasim] Rahman in South Africa, and he went down and they probably could’ve counted to 60 and they’d still be counting,” Shaw said. “And he came back and was better than ever and greater than ever. So to you, Seth, don’t give up, don’t give up the dream, and I’m sure you’ll come back.”

Lewis famously came back from both of his knockout losses to exact revenge. After being stopped in two by Oliver McCall in 1994, Lewis rebuilt and then defeated McCall in a rematch via fifth-round technical knockout in 1997.

And then after losing to Rahman by fifth-round knockout in April 2001, Lewis got an immediate rematch and put Rahman flat on his back in the fourth round that November.

Lewis fought three times after that, winning each and then retiring in 2003 with a record of 41-2-1 with 32 knockouts. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009.

Mitchell will have plenty of rebuilding to do. The 30-year-old entered boxing late in life after playing college football. He became a pro boxer in 2008 and was guided carefully. Yet in his two step-up fights this year, he got hurt. Mitchell was able to recover from being badly wobbled by Chazz Witherspoon in the second round of their fight this past April, coming back to stop Witherspoon the following round.

Mitchell never was able to recover this past Saturday in Atlantic City. Banks hurt Mitchell in the second round, then knocked him down three times en route to the technical knockout victory.

He’s now 25-1-1 with 19 knockouts.

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 [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mikeMack on 11-19-2012

Seth has no career and it is over. Witherspoon hurt Seth and weak hitting Banks destroyed the weak face of wimp Mitchell. Good night Seth it's over get a job now, bye bye sleepy.

Comment by richardt on 11-19-2012

The bottom line is if we had a great American Heavyweight, a guy like Seth Mitchel would NEVER have been hyped. It is par for the course with European Heavyweights owning the top seat and the American Heavyweight hyping will…

Comment by richardt on 11-19-2012

People want the K brothes successors, or someone to replace them now who is American so the hype for American Heavyweights will be there till one emerges. I like what the K brothers have done in Boxing and don't hold…

Comment by richardt on 11-19-2012

Saturday some Idiot came on here calling people names because people were saying Seth was hyped. Of cource Seth was hyped. ANY unbeaten American Heavyweight is going to get hyped. People want to believe that a dominant American Heavyweight will…

Comment by richardt on 11-19-2012

The difference with Wlad and Lewis is that they had fundamental skills and instinct and could be molded from their basic tools. As the other guy said, Seth is a Football player throwing punches. He does not have the skillset…

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