Seth Mitchell returns on April 28 against Chazz Witherspoon. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Golden Boy heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell will face Chazz Witherspoon in the HBO co-feature on April 28, the night that Bernard Hopkins rematches Chad Dawson for the world light heavyweight title.
Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KO) continues his rise as a charismatic and promising prospect in the heavyweight division, and with his connections to Al Haymon and Golden Boy, he should get every opportunity for good exposure. We last saw Mitchell against Timur Ibragimov on the Khan vs Peterson show in December, and he stopped the Russian veteran in two rounds.
There are some cries out there that Mitchell, 29, is benefiting from some bias, and, well, of course he is. He's American, he hasn't yet proven to be a failure, he's got the right management, and he's a likeable, charming guy who comes off well in every interview and thus far, in just about every fight. He's got serious promise, and I don't think the fact that he's a former college football player hurts, either. People hear that and it makes him a legitimate athlete, rather than another out of shape heavyweight who will fall apart sooner than later.
Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KO) has been around the block a couple times already, and at 30, his upside is gone. His two losses have come to Tony Thompson (TKO-9) and Chris Arreola (DQ-3), who also happen to be the two best opponents, by far, he has ever faced. He's currently running a four-fight win streak, but the opposition has been weak, if we're being kind. Still, he's the right step for Mitchell at this point.
One comparison I'd like to make for kicks here is Seth Mitchell and Golden Boy's other "heavyweight hopeful," Deontay Wilder. One of the defenses of Wilder has been that despite his bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics, he really didn't have much of an amateur career. This is true. However, look at Mitchell, whose amateur career was all of ten fights, none of which were in the damned Olympics, and he's already fought much better competition than the fraudulent Wilder has to date. There is basically no comparison between the two right now. Mitchell is actually trying to have a pro boxing career. Deontay Wilder is trying to turn into the next Tyrone Brunson, but with a medal background.