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Unbeaten Heavyweight Hope Seth Mitchell Likely To Step Up Against Chazz Witherspoon On Maidana-Guerrero Card In August

By James Slater: Seen by some good judges as the best, most promising young heavyweight currently making a name for himself in the U.S, is unbeaten 29-year-old Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell. The 6’2,” approx 240-pounder from Brandywine, Maryland has impressed with quick stoppage wins over the likes of Johnnie White (TKO2), Derrick Brown (KO1) and, last time out, Evans Quinn (KO1). And now, according to Dan Rafael’s weekly notebook over on ESPN.com, the plan is for Mitchell to face Chazz Witherspoon on the under-card of the soon-to-be-finalised Marcos Maidana-Robert Guerrero fight in San Jose.

A decent step up for Mitchell, 22-0-1(16), the August 27th fight might well tell us more about “Mayhem’s” long term chances of reaching the top. So far, Mitchell has displayed power and speed and a natural aggression. Witherspoon, a big guy at 6’4” and around 235, will represent the toughest test yet for the up-and-comer.

Winner of his last two, both by stoppage, 29-year-old Witherspoon has rebounded after losing to both Chris Arreola and, more recently, Tony Thompson. Both men stopped “The Gentleman” (although officially Arreola won via DQ back in June of 2008), but it would be a big result for Mitchell if he were to get a stoppage win of his own. Witherspoon is not the fastest guy out there, but he is experienced and he can bang some.

An impressive win over Witherspoon, 28-2(20) could be the start of some big things for Mitchell. He enjoyed an active year last year, with five straight wins being picked up, and 2011 looks like being as active a 12 months. The plan is for Mitchell-Witherspoon to open the HBO-televised show in August, and the fight will give Mitchell (and Witherspoon, come to that) good exposure.

Witherspoon’s extra experience may well be key in the fight - Chazz has gone eight rounds or more on six occasions, Mitchell has gone past six rounds just once - but Mitchell’s youth and aggression should get him the win. Witherspoon doesn’t figure to get taken out as fast as Mitchell’s recent opponents were, and a good case can be made for the Philadelphia man causing the upset, but a Mitchell late stoppage looks a good bet.

A must-win fight for both men, hopefully the clash of 29-year-olds will result in some T.V-friendly fireworks.

Article posted on 18.06.2011



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