Play It Again, Seth?

By Robert Ecksel on January 3, 2013
Play It Again, Seth?
He may think he’s captain of his own ship, but the name on the hull reads HMS Delusion.

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.

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  1. AKT 04:00am, 01/08/2013

    @Rick - Seth will NEVER be 32 in 2013.

  2. Don from Prov 06:20am, 01/07/2013

    +1 to Lindy Lindell’s observation

  3. Lindy Lindell 08:00pm, 01/06/2013

    Mitchell seems to get hurt by punches to the head—not just his jaw.  For that reason and because he’s had his world rocked in his last two fights, he is playing a dangerous game of Russian Roulette.  That’s what a shot to the head is, isn’t it?

  4. the thresher 03:53pm, 01/06/2013

    I’d actually give Seth the edge here because the emotional factor re Manny Steward is no longer present.

  5. NYIrish 03:49pm, 01/06/2013

    Anything can happen is right. They’re both perfectly capable of walking into a roundhouse.

  6. Joe 03:37pm, 01/05/2013

    Somebody save this guy, Seth, from himself. Sooner or later he will get really hurt and will end his days incoherent and babbling from his mouth.

  7. Rick 09:53am, 01/05/2013

    Umm why can’t he be 31 if he was born in 82? I believe he is 31 until his birthday this year when he will then be umm 32.

  8. David Matthew 09:27am, 01/05/2013

    I think it’s a brave move by Mitchell - and a smart move.  If he can’t get past Banks, then he won’t gain entry into the top tier of the division, period.  He has to get past this hurdle, and why delay?  Time is of the essence for Mitchell and I think he beats Banks in a rematch.  We need more guys willing to put it all on the line in the sport.

  9. Paul 02:15am, 01/05/2013

    And Mitchell is saying all the right things. If he doesn’t lean in and offer his chin, he can probably feel confident that he at least won’t be KO’d again, and although the article is more directed at the career damage than neurological damage, even if Seth loses again but can avoid getting iced, it’s great experience for him nonetheless - and maybe it really is important for him to test this once more. A true test of adaption and improvement. And starting late in the game theoretically means his body has less (boxing) miles on the clock, meaning if he’s careful he can go a bit longer than the typical born and bred boxer. Plus, if he was born in 1982 - he aint 31 (as stated in the fighter info above)!!!

  10. the thresher 05:09pm, 01/04/2013

    I’ve been on that tanker from time to time.

    I do think rax has a sage observation. At least Seth is willing to find out now rather than later.

  11. raxman 12:27pm, 01/04/2013

    much respect to seth. i don’t care if this is a dangerous choice. i don’t care if its dumb - coz there is far too much “smart” match making in boxing. this guy proves himself a true warrior by taking on his conqueror. if he loses perhaps its game over for him - at the very least it will be a long journey of journeymen and probably the odd tomato can. but if he wins?
    and lets remember JB won’t have the added emotional drive he had last time out.
    if he beats banks he’s back to where he was - win and the ko loss becomes irrelevant coz as we know, when it comes to the big boys, anyone can be knocked out

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