Play It Again, Seth?
Sometimes we have to be careful what we wish for. Everyone likes Seth Mitchell. Everyone respects Seth Mitchell for having taken up the challenge of boxing…
The news that recently exposed Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KOs) has signed to fight his conqueror Johnathan Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs) a second time on February 16 has been greeted with more enthusiasm than alarm.
The two men are going get it on again at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, aka the scene of the crime, in the belief that Mayhem can turn it around, turn the tables and do to Banks what Banks did to him.
Because boxing is the theater of the unexpected, anything can happen on any given night. But those not offering major props to Mitchell for his willingness to jeopardize what remains of his career are wondering if his Brain Trust has a brain and can be trusted.
“I’m not fooling myself,” says Mitchell, according to ringtv.craveonline. “I know that this is a vital fight for me. But I’m up for the challenge. I wanted this fight. I want it to be known that I wanted this fight, and that I asked my team to get me this rematch. It’s not something where they just threw me into this fight. I wanted it.”
Sometimes we have to be careful what we wish for. Everyone likes Seth Mitchell. Everyone respects Seth Mitchell for having taken up the challenge of boxing when he did and for having made the progress he has. But boxing is an art as well as a science. Brute force will take one only so far, as the result of Mitchell-Banks I proved.
“I know that this is a challenge,” Mitchell continues, “but I’m up for the challenge. Not to say that what happened the first time was a fluke, even though people say that he caught you with a lucky punch. He did what he was supposed to do, and if I go out there and continue to be off balance and to lunge and things of that nature, and not be patient, then the same thing can happen.”
Mitchell is no youngster and perhaps he thinks he’s running out of time. Maybe he’s being pressured, from either inside or outside his camp, and is too solid a citizen to reveal it. A rematch with Banks may be the best payday out there, but it’s not the wisest possible move he could make.
Seth has a name. He also has a fan base the responds to that name. There are other heavyweights out there who also got a late start—Deontay Wilder comes to mind—who could test Mitchell and help him grow as a fighter. There’s no logical reason to risk bringing down the curtain on what has been a pretty remarkable career.
“I know that this is a big fight. It’s a big fight for my career. Definitely to have another loss, let alone, a back-to-back loss to the same person could definitely be a big setback. I know that’s on the line. But I’m excited. I believe that every fight is a learning experience, and I’m in a situation where it’s a gift and a curse.”
The mistakes Mitchell made when he first fought Banks are mistakes he’s likely to make again. He needs to take a step back, return to the gym and, as harsh as it may sound, learn how to box. This is no game. This is a hurting business. Someone who has Mitchell’s ear should try to reason with him. Seth may think he’s captain of his own ship, but the name on the hull reads HMS Delusion, and that tanker is entering uncharted waters.