Lem Satterfield

Mitchell stops Ferreyro in third round; Diaz decisions Smith

LAS VEGAS — Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Seth Mitchell of Brandywine, Md., dropped Hector Ferreryro of Laredo, Tex., in the second round of Friday night’s third-round knockout at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel Casino.

The 29-year-old Mitchell (23-0-1, 17 KOS) dominated Ferreryro (21-11-2, 12 KOs) from the opening bell, to the point where his right eye was nearly swollen shut when the referee called a halt to the fight at the 2 minute, 17-second mark at the venue’s Dallas Event’s Center.

Mitchell’s fight was televised on Fox Sports Net starting at 7:30 pm. PT and 10:30 pm ET, and also on Telefutura at 8:30pm PT, and 11:30 pm. ET.

In victory, Mitchell scored his ninth consecutive knockout and his 22nd straight win.

Nicknamed, “Mayhem,” Mitchell could next find himself fighting before a hometown crowd on the under card of a Dec. 10 bout between WBA and IBF junior welterweight titleholder Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) of England and Lamont Peterson (29-1-1, 15 KOs) of Washington, D.C.

Khan-Peterson is being considered for Constitution Hall, although sites in Detroit and Montreal are also being explored.

“I had heard ramblings about that before the fight, and I had read some of that on the internet, but I had to focus on taking care of my business. But this is definitely exciting,” said Mitchell.

“I’m happy for Lamont getting the chance to possibly fight in his hometown against Amir Khan. If I’m fortunate enough to be on the card, then that is definitely a good thing for both of us to have the opportunity to perform before the home town, and I believe that we would definitely put on a great show.”

In Friday night’s co-main event, 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (10-0, 6 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Larry Smith (10-6, 7 KOs) of Dallas.

The action took place the night before Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (41-0, 25 KOs) challenges WBC welterweight beltholder Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mitchell is being considered for the Khan-Peterson card, if it lands in Washington, D.C., along with unbeaten southpaw featherweight prospect Gary Russell Jr. (18-0, 10 KOs) of Capitol Heights, Md.

Russell is coming off a one-sided, eight-round unanimous decision over hard-punching Leonilo Miranda in his HBO debut in Biloxi, Miss. on Sept. 3.

The 23-year-old Russell Jr. pitched a virtual shutout over the 28-year-old Miranda (32-4, 30 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico.

Russell’s victory was on the under card of a main event featuring Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KOs) dethroning Jan Zaveck (31-2, 18 KOs) by fifth round knockout for the IBF welteweight belt.

Mitchell is being groomed as the man who could end America’s heavyweight championship drought.

No U.S.-born fighter has held a heavyweight title since 2007, when Shannon Briggs was briefly held the WBO’s strap. In 2006, Hasim Rahman held the WBC belt, and Chris Byrd, the IBF’s. Puerto Rican-American John Ruiz was the first Latino to have a belt with that of the WBA’s in 2005.

Nowadays, 40-year-old Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs) and 35-year-old Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs) dominate the heavyweight division. 

Vitali is riding an 11-fight winning streak that includes nine stoppages and is the WBC titleholder, while Wladimir  owns the WBA, WBO and IBF belts and has a winning streak of 14 consecutive bouts, with 10 knockouts during that time.

“You know this is boxing, and it can be an unforgiving sport. You can have an off night at any time, but I’m just trying to stay humble and to continue work hard,” said Mitchell.

“But I definitely believe that I God has blessed me with the skills and the tools to have tremendous success in this sport, so I just want to continue to improve and to strive for that.”

 

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lem.satterfield@gmail.com

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