By By Kevin Wilson BASN Staff Writer
Updated: May 10, 2011
.—Prince George’s County had produced only one heavyweight champion, thus far. Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell of Brandywine, Maryland is on the verge of becoming the next heavyweight title holder, a trend set by former two-time heavyweight champ, Riddick Bowe.
Seth had pro basketball aspirations. Since he didn’t get any taller, he switched to football. At Gwynn Park High School, the All American honor roll student had 120 tackles, 9 sacks and 6 interceptions, in 2000. He attended Michigan State University, and played two and a half years for the Spartans. A knee injury halted his collegiate career. He graduated in 2005 with a Criminal Justice degree.
” It’s no limits to Seth,” says mentor
Maurice Banks, Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church of Deanwood.
What motivated Seth to box? Two observations. A ESPN news flash advertising Tom Zibkowski, a former Notre Dame All American, whom he played against at Michigan State, and Tom’s pro debut at Madison Square Garden..
Returning from a USO Tour with Oscar DeLa Hoya, Seth wears a brown Golden Boy Boxing Tee Shirt for a reason. He surprisingly signed with Golden Boy Promotions in his second pro fight. He’s been featured in Ring Magazine, ESPN Magazine and on the Glenn Harris Sports Talk Show.
Said Oscar DeLa Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, ” Seth is the best young heavyweight in the U.S. today, and I have no doubt that he will be a World Champion.”
With an unblemished pro record- 21-0-1, with 15 knockouts, Seth considers the heavyweight division ruled by the Klitschko brothers boring. ” I believe I have an exciting style in order to become the next champion,” he says. At 6 foot 2, 240 pounds, his mean streak can be overwhelming. Ask journeyman heavyweight Charles Davis
His Showtime debut on May13, against Nicaraguan’s Evans Quinn, 20-5-1, 18 KO’s, is much appreciated, but just another bout. He’s thankful for trainer Andre Hunter – Dream Team Boxing Club in Clinton, Maryland. Apparently, the four to five mile runs, the mitt work and sparring, is paying off. And, this is Seth’s year to become a contender.
Family life and boxing can be tedious. But, after a hard day of training, Seth is greeted at the door, by his wife, Danielle, whom he met at Michigan State, Aurielle, 4, and the newly addition, five month old, Austin Mitchell. “Their support makes it worthwhile,” he says.
Janet Mitchell, a custodian, at Gwynn Park High, is extremely proud of her son. “The favor of God has rest upon him.”
His former high school coach, Danny Hayes utters, ” Seth is hungry, and I won’t be surprised when he becomes the next world champion.”
He’s retired football jersey is the first to hang in Gwynn Park High School gym. And, his entourage and fans, believes one day, his gloves will be hanging in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.