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Q&A: Mitchell tackles Super Bowl pick before Banks
Heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell will be rooting for The Baltimore Ravens to win Sunday's Super Bowl even as he focuses on avenging his lone defeat against Johnathon Banks.
Heavyweight Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell gave RingTV.com a glimpse of his training in Lynchburg, Va., in advance of his HBO-televised Feb. 16 rematch with Johnathon Banks, to whom he lost by second-round knockout in November.
A former high school and collegiate star linebacker whose return bout with Banks will take place, yet again, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
The loss ended a 23-fight streak for Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 knockouts), of Brandywine, Md., while Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs) improved to 9-0-1, with five knockouts as a heavyweight, having moved up from cruiserweight in 2009.
Mitchell was named Maryland's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Gwynn Park High in Brandywine by the Associated Press, and later starred as a scholarship linebacker at Michigan State before graduating with a degree in criminal justice.
In tomorrow's Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, Mitchell favors the Ravens and star linebacker Ray Lewis, but will also keep an eye on two 49ers players -- linebacker Navarro Bowman and tight end Vernon Davis -- each of whom has roots near Mitchell's home town.
Davis, 29, stood out at Dunbar High in Washington, D.C., as well as at the University of Maryland. Bowman, 24, graduated from Suitland High in Forestville, Md., and later from Penn State.
Like Mitchell, Bowman hails from Prince George's County, and was named Defensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press.
The main thing, though, is always being on balance and knowing my distance when I let my hands go. That's one of the main things -- my balance and my distance.
We've been drilling and drilling and working repetitions. I definitely think that it's paying off. I've seen a difference in my sparring.
RingTV.com: Who wins the Super Bowl on Sunday?
But I'm going with the Ravens, because I'm a big fan of Ray Lewis'. I think it's going to be a 27-24 victory for the Ravens.
But the Ravens are playing like they're destined for this victory. They're just jelling right now, so I'm picking the Ravens to win the game. I mean, it wouldn't surprise me if the 49ers won, but I'll go with the Ravens.
RingTV.com: Do you think that the PED controversey involving Ray Lewis is having any negative affect on the Ravens?
I don't think that the controversy has hurt him. I think that Ray Lewis is always going to find a way to pump some venom into his team. I think that he's a master at making the players around him play better.
I was just talking to somebody about it and they asked me what type of game I think Ray Lewis is going to have and I think that he's going to have a good game.
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