Originally written on Blog So Hard Sports  |  Last updated 10/2/14

REVENGE ON THE MIND Photo by Joseph Glorioso Photography Seth Mitchell has only one thing on his mind this weekend, and that is revenge.  This revenge is for his only professional defeat in the sport of boxing.   The former Michigan State linebacker turned professional boxer has a record of 25-1-1 19 KOs. Mitchell will look to avenge the defeat he took when he faced and lost to  Johnathon Banks in Atlantic City in November of 2012. The original rematch was scheduled for February of this year, but Banks had to withdraw due to injury. The 2nd fight will now occur this weekend, June 22nd, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Last week Mitchell held a media workout at the Dream Team Gym in Clinton, Maryland, and Seth showed he has grown and got better since the loss.  “I’m a smarter fighter…it was a tough pill to swallow…it was needed,” Mitchell said. On Saturday, he will look to make sure that the one loss is the only one that remains in that column. Is this a career ending fighting for the 30 year old Mitchell? Mitchell explains, “I’m not going to fool anybody, this is a major fight, I wouldn’t say it’s a career ending fight, but  it’s definitely a major setback for me…I’m confident I will come out on top this time.” Mitchell showed determination and less smiles this time around during media day.  You can sense that he really took his only loss to heart.  The best thing about Seth Mitchell is that he’s open to his own criticism.  He is his own toughest critic, “I got too aggressive and too reckless with my balance and distance…every time I watch the fight now and I shake my head.” He then continued with more criticism of his own errors, “I saw the errors, I saw the same mistakes I made in the 1st round, in the 2nd round, and I saw those same mistakes I didn’t pay for in the Chazz fight therefore I did not learn from my mistakes.” Joseph Glorioso Photography Learning on the job would be an understatement. Seth Mitchell personally told me that he sparred for 14 rounds the day before media day.  He has been in the gym ever since the fight was initially postponed, and he’s in tip top shape from the looks of it.  Can Seth Mitchell show the boxing world that he is ready for the top tier heavyweights? Come June 22nd, Seth Mitchell could move up the ranks of the heavyweights and become a top contender once again or start to pummel down the ranks.  It will be interesting to see if this warrior can fix his mistakes along with tuning up the raw talent he has.  Johnathan Banks is not a big heavyweight name but he’s one of the smartest boxers out there.  Boxing fans tend to forget, he is not only a full time boxer but he is also the trainer for Vitali Klitschko.  Banks learned under the great Emanuel Steward before he passed away.  So for Seth Mitchell, this is a true test of boxing skills. One can only hope he can become the next great heavyweight.  Only time will tell. Related posts: Seth Mitchell: King of the Jungle The Skins loss IS on Josh Morgan


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