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 Last update:  3/5/2012       Read more by Keith Idec         
   
Steward Sees Seth Mitchell as W. Klitschko Foe in a Year
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By Keith Idec

It’ll be about a year, according to Emanuel Steward, before Seth Mitchell is really ready to fight Wladimir Klitschko for his heavyweight titles.

Mitchell impresses Steward, though, and the Hall-of-Fame trainer considers the undefeated former Michigan State football player one of only two Americans, along with Chris Arreola, that he would want to see the dominant Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) box in the foreseeable future.

“It’s unfortunate that we don’t have any heavyweight challengers in America,” Steward said . “It’s not [the Klitschkos’] fault. Wladimir asked me a while back about Seth Mitchell, because I did the [HBO] broadcast [for Mitchell’s last fight].

“He looks good. I like him. He’s a fundamentally good fighter. He does what I like to see heavyweights do. He comes out and he throws punches. He doesn’t wait and he’d be a good challenge. It’s too bad we don’t have a bunch of them.”

Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs), of Brandywine, Md., recorded the most noteworthy win of his four-year pro career Dec. 10 by knocking out Uzbekistan’s Timur Ibragimov (30-4-1, 16 KOs) in the second round in Washington, D.C.

The 29-year-old Mitchell made his HBO debut in that fight. He’ll return to the ring in another HBO co-feature April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Mitchell will face Philadelphia’s Chazz Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KOs) in a 10-rounder that night on the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson undercard.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.

Tags: Emanuel Steward , Wladimir Klitschko , Seth Mitchell



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comment by fragilety, on 03-06-2012
I don'tknowe about this article because Manny was not in DC on december 10th and did not do the broadcast for mitchills fight that night.. btw not impressed in mtchill in any way whatsoever

comment by joe strong, on 03-05-2012
mitchell needs more experience. he demolished ibragimov which i didn't see coming & now he has a bout with chazz witherspoon. he needs a couple more fights vs this level of competition then a fight or 2 vs top 15 contenders. i could see the fight late in 2013...

comment by nomadman, on 03-05-2012
[QUOTE=edgarg]Both Witherspoon and Ibragimov have been beaten easily by Tony Thompson, whom everyone is crying against.[/QUOTE] Reason everyone is "crying" about Thompson is that a) he's already been beaten by Wlad, b) he's 40 years old, and c) he poses absolutely no physical or stylistic thre...

comment by edgarg, on 03-05-2012
Both Witherspoon and Ibragimov have been beaten easily by Tony Thompson, whom everyone is crying against.

comment by SelectOne, on 03-05-2012
I think the best thing mitchel can do is avoid a klitschko because hes slim to non to ever beat either of them like most fighters personaly i cant wait for vitali to go then wladimir aswell just think of the heavy division in 2 years time : David Price, Tyson fury, seth mitchel, povetkin, chisora...

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