Seth Mitchell has been on HBO twice now and has fought less than five rounds. In his first appearance, he scored a second-round knockout of Timur Ibragimov. Saturday night, on the undercard of Dawson-Hopkins II, he needed three rounds to stop Chazz Witherspoon and pick up the NABO heavyweight title in the process.
Witherspoon appeared to be ready to pull the upset with a solid first round. He began the round circling and boxing at a distance. Midway through the round he began an aggressive, long-range attack and rocked Mitchell several times with hard overhand rights.
Mitchell showed resolve when he came out to change the momentum in Round 2, which he did by being aggressive and landing some heavy body shots. Then, in Round 3, Witherspoon made the mistake of mixing it up inside with Mitchell and paid a heavy price. The two were trading in close when Mitchell landed a right hand followed by a flush left hook that sent Witherspoon to the ground.
Witherspoon beat the count, but had ...