Seth Mitchell is targeting a September return to the ring after a hand injury knocked him out of a July date. (Photo by Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)
Heavyweight hopeful Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell was scratched from a July 14 date with Johnathon Banks, but the American prospect says he should be back by September in an interview with David P. Greisman at BoxingScene.com:
"No contact for five weeks. I’m going to the gym today. I just can’t use my right hand. So I’m staying in shape. I’m still working on things in the gym. I’m just not using my hand for five weeks. Hopefully after that, that’s when I start back punching and start back sparring. I hope to be back in the ring in September."
Mitchell's right hand injury forced him out of the fight, and he says he feels bad for Banks, who may or may not still be lined up for him by September. There's been plenty of talk that Mitchell will return on the September 15 Canelo Alvarez pay-per-view.
Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KO) suffered a scare in his last fight on April 28 against Chazz Witherspoon, but was able to turn it around quickly and win by TKO in the third round. Banks (28-1-1, 18 KO) made great sense as a next opponent, risky enough for a vulnerable-looking Mitchell, good enough to get him proper experience, and yet an opponent that Mitchell should beat if he's the real deal.
We'll have to see what Golden Boy figures out for Mitchell, but I'd still like to see the fight with Banks, myself, but there are a lot of potential opponents at that level who could fit the bill nicely. It's all still a learning process for the former Michigan State football standout, and it's sometimes easy to forget that, given the level of TV push he's already received.