After recovering from a right hand injury that kept heavyweight boxer Seth Mitchell sidelined for roughly 12 weeks, the Brandywine native is ready for his next fight.
Mitchell announced that he will again put his undefeated record on the line Oct. 6, when he takes on Johnathon Banks in Atlantic City, N.J., in a bout that will be broadcast on HBO.
“Going to the gym, I was still doing everything I could but I was just working with one hand,” said Mitchell, a graduate of Gwynn Park High School. “I didn't stay away from the gym and get out of shape that bad.”
Mitchell, 30, has suffered his fair share of difficult injuries and said the recovery process for this one was relatively simple.
“I didn't have any surgery. I just had to rest it,” Mitchell said. “It was the process of going back and using my right hand, but now I feel I'm not holding back when I'm throwing my punches. It feels good.”
On April 28, Mitchell defeated Chazz Witherspoon in a three-round technical knockout after having his legs knocked from under him in the first round. Mitchell injured his hand during the fight.
Banks, 29, will enter October's bout with a record of 28-1-1 and 18 knockouts. Mitchell is 25-0-1 with 19 knockouts. The two were originally scheduled to fight on July 14, but cancelled the meeting because of Mitchell's injury.
“I think it's going to be a good fight,” Mitchell said. “I think he's going to try to use moving and counter-punches. I'm looking forward to a victory, doing what I always do. I don't go out there looking for the knockouts, they just happen, so hopefully it will be an early night.”
The 2005 Michigan State University graduate and former football player has experienced a meteoric rise toward the top of boxing, signing with Golden Boy Promotions after his second professional fight. With each victory, his star power increases.
“I think I have a good buzz going,” Mitchell said. “I have to continue to go out there and keep getting better. I have to keep that buzz going to achieve my ultimate goal of becoming heavyweight champion of the world.”