It is somewhat ironic that the toughest fight of Seth Mitchell's boxing career will take place on the same weekend of the start of the 2013 NFL season. Mitchell will be defending his WBO NABO and WBC International heavyweight titles against Chris Arreola on Saturday, September 7 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California on a Showtime® televised main event starting at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 KO's), a former standout middle linebacker at Michigan State University, was unable to pursue a pro football career after suffering several knee injuries that forced him to hang up his cleats for good in 2005. The Brandywine, Maryland resident re-invented himself as a boxer, turning pro in January 2008 and going undefeated in 26 fights despite only having had ten amateur bouts and never having laced up the gloves prior to 2006.
It was a second round TKO at the hands of Johnathon Banks in November 2012 where Mitchell suffered his first loss and exhibited what is perhaps his biggest impediment to becoming the next American heavyweight champion. Falling three times in Round 2 and getting rocked again by Banks in Round 3 of their June 2013 rematch, Mitchell's chin is seriously suspect. He avenged the loss to Banks by unanimous decision in the rematch, but one can point to Banks' lack of aggressiveness and inability to adjust during the bout as contributing factors to that outcome.
There will not be any shortage of aggressiveness from Arreola (35-3, 30 KO's) who comes to fight and always looks to apply the pressure. He fought through a badly broken nose sustained at the end of Round 3 in his last fight against Bermaine Stiverne this past April. Although he lost a wide unanimous 12-round decision to Stiverne, Arreola displayed the heart and willpower of a warrior, fighting through the flowing blood, excruciating pain and inability to breathe. The loss put him back in his quest to get another world title shot at champion Vitali Klitschko, to whom he lost by tenth round stoppage in September 2009.
32-year-old Arreola comes into this fight with the added motivation to show Mitchell, 31, that boxing is very different from football.
Expect Arreola to apply a massive pass-rush, from which Mitchell will need to scramble to keep the drive alive. If he can avoid the sack, Mitchell may be able to get some shots downfield but it just might have to be a Hail Mary.
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