A Knockout of a Night

By Carla Peay
Updated: March 5, 2008

BALTIMORE — In what can only be described as a knockout of an evening, Baltimore Pro Boxing held a six-bout fight card last Friday at the Pikesville Armory. It barely contained more than six minutes of boxing. Six bouts, six first round knockouts.

When local heavyweight boxing star Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell of Brandywine stepped into the ring to face Maurice Winslow of North Carolina, it took a mere 46 seconds before the referee stopped the fight, scoring a TKO for Mitchell. For Winslow, the fight was probably 40 seconds too long.

“I felt like it was a good fight. I felt like I rushed a little, but I hope that I put on a good show for the fans. One of the things I pride myself on is that the crowd enjoyed the fight,” Mitchell said.

As the enthusiastic crowd cheered Mitchell’s victory, ring announcer Brad “The Auctioneer” Dudley announced the news that had broken earlier that day on Mitchell’s web site, at www.mayhemmitchell.com, news that boxing insiders had suspected for weeks — that Mitchell had signed a deal to be represented by Golden Boy Promotions.

“I feel blessed by this opportunity. I’m going to continue to work hard to reach my goals. I feel like my dream is starting to come to fruition,” Mitchell said of his deal with Golden Boy.

Golden Boy Promotions, one of the word’s most successful boxing promotion organizations, boasts a stable of talent that includes Bernard Hopkins, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, and of course, Oscar De La Hoya.

“Golden Boy has been looking for a heavyweight prospect, and they have a good one here,” said Gary “Digital” Williams of FightNews.Com and Boxing Along the Beltway.

Mitchell is co-managed by Shelly Finkel and Sharif Salim and is trained by Andre Hunter, who also trained retired boxer Del “The Hatchet” Matchett, who was a special guest commentator at the Friday evening event.

“He’s a puncher with power. When Seth jumped on Winslow, he didn’t have a chance. Every one of his punches is like a knockout punch,” Matchett said of Mitchell.

“The Fight Doctor” Jerome Spears praised Mitchell’s growth in just two bouts as a pro.“He got through his pro debut in spectacular fashion”, said Spears.

“It helped him come into his second fight poised, relaxed and ready to go. He dominated and devastated his opponent in a way you’d expect from a more experienced fighter. Two fights into his pro career and he already looks like a veteran.”

In the evening’s main event, headliner Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow, a Jr. Middleweight out of Baltimore, also made quick work of his opponent, Anthony “Tiger” Lee Hall out of North Carolina. In a bout scheduled for eight rounds, Nicklow had Hall on the canvas at 2:06 into the first round. The victory brought Nicklow’s record to 16-0-1, with six knockouts.

In the other contests, Baltimore’s Len wood Dozier defeated Louechie Wiggins of North Carolina; Richard Abril of Miami, Fla. defeated Marcos Hernandez of the Dominican Republic; Mark Tucker of Eldersburg, Md. defeated Walter Edwards of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Shelly Seivert of Annapolis defeated Leslie Lucabzewski of Bramwell W.Va.

In a fight card some called mismatched and some called exciting, there was only one shared complaint by the mostly male crowd of more than 1,500 — the ring girls had the night off.