What would you do if you couldn’t do what you loved to do, every day? Imagine how you’d feel if you were an accountant and couldn’t crunch numbers? What about a pilot who couldn’t fly anymore? What now? With athletes, this goes through their minds all the time. As a 17 -and 18-year-old recruit, athletes are excited and hopeful to work hard and focus on turning themselves into the best players in their craft. They go through the arduous process of picking a college – or in some cases, lengthy drawn out programs to be traded to a different team and make a spectacle of it in front of the entire world.
Sports can be completely unpredictable and, in most cases, extremely dangerous. It’s why we love to watch; defined as “a physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in, competitively. But when you’re an athlete in college, and soaring past your potential, what happens if you get hurt? What do you have to fall back on? Seth Mitchell had to make this decision. As an All-America team linebacker at Michigan State, Seth had his career cut short due to a devastating knee injury. As a die-hard Spartan, and his extreme love for football, he struggled with the next chapter of his life. Finishing his education was first on his list. He felt that if nothing else, having that degree would help him make any future decisions he had for himself and his family. Watching TV one Saturday night changed his life, for the better.
“I was watching a show called The Contender. While I was watching the show, I saw Tom Zbikowski (currently a restricted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens), who was a safety for Notre Dame [in college]). I played against him and he fought on the under card of the Miguel Cotto vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight. He won that fight. He then inspired me to start boxing and the rest was history. I immediately went to Maryland and started training in 2007,” he says.
Comparatively, there are a lot of differences between football and boxing, but not the determination. Both include extreme focus and dedication in all forms of your life, including eating, sleeping and workouts. But a major difference is in the ring: it’s just you. No teammates to fall back on, talk about pressure. Even as an amateur, Seth had something special. After only his second fight, he was signed to Golden Boy Promotions. GBP has worked with an impressive list of fighters including its founder, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins and “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Nicknamed Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell, he has done just that. Currently undefeated as an American Heavyweight contender, Seth is 21-0-1 15* KOs and shows no signs of slowing down. With a good head on his shoulders, the next heavyweight champion could be right under our noses.
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So what’s next for him? Seth returns to the ring on March 5, facing Charles Davis (19-22-3, 4 KOs*) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Mitchell will be fighting on the undercard of HBO’s Boxing After Dark, featuring the main event between rising superstar, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Matthew Hatton (brother of boxer, Ricky Hatton).
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…and remember, don’t ever take what you love to do for granted. You never know what the future might bring.
**UPDATE**: Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell knocked out Charles Davis in the 1st min of 2nd rd. Bringing his record to 21-0-1, 15 KO. Go Seth!