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De La Hoya: Seth Mitchell vs Michael Grant Could Be Next

by David P. Greisman

With a fight between Seth Mitchell against one of the Klitschko brothers a desire for Mitchell’s team for the not-too-distant future, Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions said Mitchell’s next fight could come against another very tall heavyweight.

“The Klitschkos have mentioned Seth Mitchell in the past as a possible opponent,” De La Hoya said shortly after Mitchell scored a third-round technical knockout over Chazz Witherspoon in Atlantic City. “That’s obviously a good sign, because the Klitschkos are willing to face the very best and anybody in the heavyweight division, so they have an eye on Seth Mitchell.

“We do have a plan for Seth Mitchell. We have discussed future opponents. We have to get back to the drawing board. Monday, I’ll sit down with Eric Gomez [Golden Boy’s matchmaker]. We’ll sit down with Richard [Schaefer, Golden Boy’s CEO]. I’ve thrown a couple of names out there that I really like. We’ve discussed a possible fight with Michael Grant, for instance, who’s a 6-7, 6-8, big solid heavyweight with a great record. We’ve discussed many opponents. It’s just a matter of sitting down with Seth’s team and nailing down the next time.”

Grant, 39, was also one of the opponents Tomasz Adamek lined up while preparing himself for a Klitschko fight. Grant lost that bout to Adamek in August 2010, and since then he has won twice, knocking out Tye Fields in March 2011 and knocking out Frans Botha in November to raise his record to 48-4 with 36 knockouts.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter at twitter.com/fightingwords2 or on Facebook at facebook.com/fightingwordsboxing, or send questions and comments to [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MarcianoFan on 05-08-2012

Oh and as for Grant- I don't like it. Bring him in as a sparring partner if you want to work with a tall guy...but don't make us watch that fight. If Grant at 6'7" was good enough to remotely…

Comment by MarcianoFan on 05-08-2012

[QUOTE=Superflo777;12061538]Won't happen, too much risk for both.[/QUOTE] Totally agree. No way De La Hoya puts his two heavyweight prospects in together unless it's at LEAST a title eliminator. There'd have to be big money in it before it would be…

Comment by MarcianoFan on 05-08-2012

[QUOTE=Superflo777;12061538]Won't happen, too much risk for both.[/QUOTE] Totally agree. No way De La Hoya puts his two heavyweight prospects in together unless it's at LEAST a title eliminator. There'd have to be big money in it before it would be…

Comment by New England on 04-30-2012

mitchell gets better every time he fights remember how clumsy his right hand looked against ibragimov? he was just pushing it out there and clubbing him. he threw it straight against witherspoon to finish him off. huge punch his best…

Comment by New England on 04-30-2012

[QUOTE=Superflo777;12061538]Won't happen, too much risk for both.[/QUOTE] right now i'd put my money on mitchell to beat the **** out of wilder.

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