Chazz Witherspoon Meets the Press

By Robert Ecksel on April 13, 2012
Chazz Witherspoon Meets the Press
“I'm a man's man," Chazz Witherspoon said. "I come to rumble. I don't fear any man."

On Saturday, April 28, Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (32-2, 22 KOs) meets Seth Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson II at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

In anticipation of the fight between these up-and-coming heavyweight contenders, Witherspoon and Mitchell met with the press via teleconference call.

Witherspoon recently switched management and is training with Virgil Hunter, Andre Ward’s longtime trainer, and he believes it has made a huge difference.

“I had a list of three trainers and Virgil’s name was on that list,” he said. “The three names were Naazim Richardson, Virgil Hunter, and Barry Hunter. Now that wasn’t in any particular order. That was just the three names I had on my list. When they mentioned Virgil, I talked with Virgil on the phone. I had met him before because me and Dre were roommates back for the 2004 Olympics, me and Andre Ward. I met Virgil back then.”

Chazz doesn’t stint on his praise of Hunter, nor should he.

“He’s a brilliant man, brilliant, brilliant mind when it comes to boxing. I’m a student. I’m an auditory learner, and he’s somebody who knows how to make things make sense. He’s a heck of a strategist. Virgil has helped me from the technical side of things, cleaning up some stuff that I needed to work on and allowed me to get better leverage on my shots and put my shots together a little better. Everything came together for a reason. I plan on going out there and putting on a good performance. Anybody who knows me knows that when Chazz Witherspoon comes into a fight, he’s coming to fight. I’m a man’s man. I come to rumble. I don’t fear any man.”

Witherspoon may not fear Mitchell, but he respects him, both as a fighter and as a man.

“When I fight Seth, I’m not going to come and fight him like I’m scared of him. I’m not trying to say that all these other opponents were scared of him, but when you watch the fights, when they’re fighting him, they’re throwing punches just trying to keep him off of them. They’re not really committing their punches. I’m not a guy that’s going to come in like that. My heart doesn’t pump any Kool-Aid. I know Seth’s heart doesn’t pump any Kool-Aid. You’re going to have two men in there that are trying to win a fight.”

The winner of this fight goes on to bigger and better things. Seth knows this as well as Chazz.

“I know a win against Seth would revitalize my career. Boxing is one of the only sports that as soon as you lose one fight or two fights it’s like your career is over. Kobe Bryant can go out and have five points in one game and then the next game go out and drop 40/50 points and he’s still Kobe Bryant. But in boxing, one/two loses your career is done.

“I don’t really understand that. But I know it’ll revive my career because in boxing you’re only as good as your last win. So it would do tremendous thing for my career. It would put my name back in the mix.”

Any heavyweight who is in the mix could get a shot at one of the Klitschkos.

“I’ve been in camp with Wladimir three times,” said Witherspoon. “I was in camp in the Poconos, in Austria and in Spain with him. And Wladimir is really a nice guy as far as if you didn’t know he was heavyweight champ of the world he wouldn’t tell you. He’s not that type of guy. So he definitely is a class act. He likes the people that are in this camp to conduct themselves with class. He trains really hard. So, if anything, I would like to emulate training as hard as he does, just being a class act and carrying myself in such a way that I bring respect to the sport as he does.”

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  1. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo 08:34am, 04/13/2012

    Now, Chazz….all you have to do is walk the walk and if you do…one way or the other it will be a very exciting fight and if you win your career will definitely be on the rise….big time!

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