Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell passed another test tonight, and did so with flying colors.
In under two rounds, Mitchell landed 44 of 130 punches (34%) and stopped Timur Ibragimov with a series of right hands after a left hook staggered the veteran, and a fight that was meant to be a tough test for a raw fighter turned into a one-sided beatdown.
Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KO) showed good power and good poise against an experienced, credible opponent. Ibragimov (30-4-1, 16 KO) is not an A-list heavyweight, but he knows what he's doing in the ring and was an amateur star. He'd never been stopped, either, until tonight, when Mitchell's raw power was just too much.
There's certainly more work to be done for the 29-year-old Mitchell, but he looks like a real fighter. Not ready for the Klitschkos or anything like that, but ready for another step up the ladder.
Also on tonight's undercard, Anthony Peterson had an easy time shutting out Daniel Attah over eight rounds, and Jamie Kavanagh received what many are calling a gift draw over six rounds against Ramesis Gil. Also, Fernando Guerrero stopped journeyman Robert Kliewer in five.