Advertisement
Advertisement

Witherspoon: Beating Mitchell Puts Me Back in The Mix

By Keith Idec

Chazz Witherspoon’s window of opportunity is almost closed.

The college-educated heavyweight knows if he doesn’t defeat Seth Mitchell on Saturday night in Atlantic City that he’ll have wasted a perfect chance to completely change the course of his seven-year pro career. The Paulsboro, N.J., native doesn’t agree with placing so much emphasis on one bout, but he accepts the reality of what awaits him at Boardwalk Hall in the opener of an HBO “World Championship Boxing” doubleheader (10:15 p.m. EDT).

“I know a win against Seth would revitalize my career,” said Witherspoon, a second cousin of former heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon. “But I always speak to the fact that boxing is one of the only sports that as soon as you lose one fight or two fights it’s like your career is over.

“Kobe Bryant can go out and have five points in one game and then the next game go out and drop 40, 50 points, and he’s still Kobe Bryant. But in boxing, one, two losses, your career is done. I don't really understand that, but I know [beating Mitchell will] revive my career because in boxing you’re only as good as your last win. So it would do tremendous things for my career. It would put my name back in the mix.”

A ninth-round technical knockout loss to Tony Thompson in December 2009 took Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KOs) out of the mix. Washington, D.C.’s Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs) used that victory as a springboard toward a second shot at Wladimir Klitschko this summer, but Witherspoon has been relegated to four low-profile fights against journeymen since suffering that defeat, also in Atlantic City.

The 30-year-old Witherspoon’s only other loss came against Chris Arreola in June 2008. Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) won their bout by disqualification in Memphis, Tenn., because one of Witherspoon’s corner men stepped on the ring apron and came into the ring before the end of the third round. Arreola appeared, however, to be on his way to knocking out a wobbled Witherspoon, who had been dropped twice in the third.

Nevertheless, Witherspoon owns an experience edge over Mitchell, a 29-year-old former Michigan State linebacker that took up the sport less than six years ago.

“I do know that this is one of the times, one of the few times, that I have more experience than the person I’m getting in the ring with,” said Witherspoon, who was an alternate on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team. “So I’m cognizant of that. But as far as thinking Seth doesn’t have what it takes to be here, it’s obvious he does because we’re here. I'm actually the underdog in this fight. I’m not expected to win this fight. He’s expected to win this fight.”

Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions is grooming Mitchell, of Brandywine, Md., for a run at one of the Klitschko brothers in a division devoid of formidable, marketable American contenders. Witherspoon is regarded as a respectable but beatable opponent.

“The one way that I do look at it is that there’s no pressure on me,” Witherspoon said. “So, I mean, I like that because most of the times when I’m fighting I’m expected to win. So the pressure’s on me to make the fight look good and make the fight look a certain way, do all these things. That pressure’s not on me. So it allows me just to be me and fight. So I have a freedom from that standpoint.”

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 1mb11 on 04-27-2012

Not competitive. Should be on ESPN

Comment by PACnPBFsuck on 04-27-2012

Just stop it Chazz, just give up on your dreams, "school is for suckas". You're getting ko'ed again, just stop it.

Comment by joe strong on 04-27-2012

witherspoon is a C+ fighter at this point. he will beat the solid journeymen fighters but when he has stepped up he has gotten beaten. he is more experienced & has nothing to lose but mitchell is a bigger puncher…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Sanchez: I'm Confident Golovkin KO's 'Diva' Canelo in 8 or 9 Luis Ortiz Back on Track After Greg Cohen Withdraws Lawsuit Flint-born Dirrell Brothers Fighting Through Anger, Frustration Bob Arum: It's Obvious Floyd Mayweather is Coming Back De La Hoya: Golovkin Didn't Want Lara - And Canelo Beat Him! Gilberto Ramirez-Dominik Britsch on Crawford-Postol HBO PPV De La Hoya: I Thought Pacquiao Would Be Easy, Canelo in Tough! Gassiev Warns Povetkin: Wilder Punches Harder Than Klitschko Verdejo Not Worried About Critics, Intends To Fulfill Expectations Freddie Roach Says Frankie Gomez in 'Best Shape' For Herrera Amir Khan Stands To Pocket 13 Million in Canelo Showdown Brown on PBC: We're Giving Fans What They Want and Expect Examining the Badou Jack-Lucian Bute Scorecards Anthony Joshua-Zhang Zhilei Eyed For The Future in China? Glen Tapia Ready For David Lemieux, Feels A lot Stronger at 160 Bute Wants the Winner of DeGale-Jack Unification Fight Photos: Anthony Crolla vs. Ismael Barroso Open Workouts Examining the James DeGale-Porky Medina Scorecards Hearn Wants Joshua to Become Pay-Per-View Star in America ALA Promotions Prez: Magsayo Will Never Be Another Pacquiao De La Hoya Breaks Down Speed vs. Power Fights of The Past Curtis Stevens on The Trainer Switch To John David Jackson Team Verdejo Bring in Nutrionists, Sports Psychologists For 6/11 DeGale: I Showed Medina Levels, He Doesn't Deserve Rematch Garcia: If Golovkin Will Face Floyd at 154, Then Face Canelo at 155 Magdaleno To Apply Pressure For Nonito Donaire Title Shot Tommy Coyle Calls To Avenge Luke Campbell KO Loss Video: Hearn Talks Judging Issues in Boxing, Crolla vs. Barroso Amir Khan Followed Strict Diet Switch For Showdown With Canelo Video: Hearn Excited About Mayweather vs. Matchroom Card Shane Mosley Makes Heroic Rescue Of Baby in Freeway Wreck Video: Eddie Hearn Talks DeGale vs. Jack, Smith, More Garcia: Amir Khan Will Not Be an Easy Fight For Canelo "Fighting Words" - On Francisco Vargas’ Positive Drug Test Bute on Jack Draw: I Started Too Late Yet Again Matthysse To Sit Down With De La Hoya in Vegas, Discuss Future Mayweather, Hearn in Talks For TMT vs. Matchroom Card Video: James DeGale on Mayweather, Hearn Rift, Jack, More Video: Callum Smith Breaks Down DeGale-Medina, Jack-Bute Jack-Bute CompuBox Punch Stats
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement