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Seth Mitchell inks fight for Sept. 6




Former MSU linebacker and current boxing heavyweight Seth Mitchell just inked the deal for his next fight on Sept. 6 against Chris Arreola on Showtime as part of a triple-header. The details are here. Mitchell wears his Spartan gear into the ring and always gives props to the green and white, so if you're around some Spartan fans the night before the South Florida game it'd be cool to check him out on TV.

Mitchell is co-headlining the card with Josesito Lopez, a welterweight who gets a pretty big crowd to tune in and see him work, so that's a great get for him, especially after being on the undercard of June's relatively highly-rated Paulie Malignaggi-Adrien Broner fight.

Mitchell won a unanimous decision against Jonathon Banks in his last fight, avenging a 2nd round KO against the journeyman fighter/trainer from last November. It got derided at the time as being a pretty lousy fight, but Mitchell got hurt early and was able to play through pain and box in a pretty methodic manner to ensure a win against Banks. I was pretty pleased with his performance even though it was not entertaining. Mitchell also did it shortly after his wife miscarried a child the pair were expecting--I couldn't imagine performing under those conditions.

In Arreola, he gets another guy who was a Great American Heavyweight Hope--much as Mitchell is now--to knock off the Klitschko brothers in 2009. He got destroyed by Vitali and hasn't been a very big name since. Arreola lost his last fight in May and the guy always seems to have weight/conditioning issues, which the still very football-ready looking Mitchell does not. In the last three years he's had only one fight go longer than 7 rounds, and it was this most recent loss to Bermane Stiverne (a one-time Spartan football recruit) in 12 rounds. Still, his career record is 35-3 with 30 knockouts and he throws absolute bombs at times. It'll be on Seth to keep a strong chin through his first few rounds or so, which has been a bit of a struggle for him in his last three fights, as he's been hurt/knocked out/knocked down.

The boxing world thinks he needs more seasoning before a shot at the Klitschkos should he win this fight, and I tend to agree, but I think, given his nationality and somewhat weak chin, Golden Boy will want to get paid and get him a title shot before a lesser contender knocks him out and drastically reduces his value.

Anyway, good luck to a classy Spartan!

This is a FanPost, written by a member of the TOC community. It does not represent the official positions of The Only Colors, Inc.--largely because we have no official positions.

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