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Mitchell: 'I'm not ducking anybody'
Once-beaten heavyweight Seth Mitchell on a potential fight with Bryant Jennings: "Let's do it."
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- RingTV.com caught up to once-beaten heavyweight Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell, of Brandywine, Md., at an open workout for Washington, D.C. native Lamont Peterson, who was preparing for his eighth-round knockout of ex-titleholder Kendall Holt on Feb. 22 in defense of his IBF junior welterweight belt.
Peterson signed with Golden Boy last month, making him a promotional stablemate of Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 knockouts), whose Feb. 16 rematch with Johnathon Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs) was canceled after Banks suffered a broken right thumb.
Coming off a second-round knockout to Banks in November, Mitchell was left in a state of flux, even as the promoter of Philadelphia-based heavyweight Bryant Jennings (16-0, 8 KOs) claimed that Jennings was willing to replace Banks.
In December of 2011, Mitchell knocked out Timur Ibragimov in the second round on the undercard of Peterson's disputed split-decision victory over Amir Khan at the Washington Convention Center before 10,000 fans.
Mitchell shared his thoughts with RingTV.com about his future, including the potential for being paired with Peterson on a card, yet again.
RingTV.com: Were you surprised by Lamont's signing with Golden Boy?
The 140-pound division is loaded. So is the 147-pound division. I think there will be plenty of opportunities for him to get big fights.
I'm happy with our communication. I have nothing but positive things to say about Golden Boy, and I am glad that he's joined the family.
RingTV.com: Would you like to be on a card with Peterson again?
Having already turned out the place at the Washington Convention Center, hopefully, another situation like that is not far from being in the making.
This close to the fight, I wish we could have found an opponent to still fight on Feb. 16. But I'm just ready to go right now.
So when that phone rings for my next fight, I'll be ready. I'm in great shape, mentally and physically. I'm in a good place and I'm in good spirits. I'm ready to fight, though.
RingTV.com: Your thoughts on Jennings saying that he wanted you?
If that is a fight that they want to happen, I'm ready for that. Once I read that, I was like, "Let's do it." It wasn't like there was going to be any major adjustments.
He was about the same height and the same weight and their styles weren't too much different, his and Banks. If it was an opponent that was a taller opponent, then I might not have wanted that fight right then.
But I definitely wanted that fight, because I wanted to fight on Feb. 16. I had put in a lot of work and I was ready, and I just want to fight.
RingTV.com: Are you hopeful of the Banks rematch coming to fruition?
M: I know that Johnathon Banks is out for at least until May. I think that he said that he has to be out for six to eight weeks with no contact on his hand.
Then, it's probably going to take him another five or six weeks to get ready. So I definitely want to fight before May. So, most likely, my next fight is not going to be against Johnathon Banks.
I'm not 100 percent confident of that, but I'm not waiting around to fight him if he's not going to be ready to fight before May. I'll be fighting before the end of March, and I'm pretty confident of that.
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