MITCHELL’S TRAINER TO IBRAGIMOV: ‘DON’T BANK ON’ WINNING
While acknowledging Mitchell’s athleticism and the fact that he was an outstanding high school and collegiate football player, Ibragimov points out the fact that the prospect has gone six rounds only four times, and eight rounds just once.
“This is my opinion about what everybody is saying. Of course he’s strong. Everybody is saying that he’s strong. But this is not a competition to pick up the weights. This is not a weight-lifting competition. We’re doing boxing, and I’ve done my boxing all of my life,” said Ibragimov.
“What he doesn’t have is experience, and this is for sure. So this is going to be a really, really difficult night for him, because he’s never gone past five or six rounds. For my last year, I’ve have fought Oliver McCall and I’ve had a lot of fights go the distance. That’s what I think that this is going to be a very, very tough night for him.”
Mitchell’s trainer, however, believes that his figher will surprise Ibragimov, believing Mitchell is being underestimated.
“First of all, on Timur’s comment, if that’s what he’s thinking on, then he’s thinking the wrong thing. I mean, to say that Seth is a fighter who can only go for the short run, I train him for the long run. He can’t help it if he knocks people out,” said trainer Andre Hunter.
“I’m hoping to see Seth jab a lot and to be explosive at the same time from round-to-round. Not reckless though. Timur, I dont’ know what his plan is, but we’re prepared to adjust. But I wouldn’t bank on what he’s banking on, because that’s just going to set him up.”
FERNANDO GUERRERO ENDURES SECOND-BILLING
Middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero (21-1, 16 KOs), of Salisbury, Md., plans to go for the knockout on the Khan-Peterson undercard against Robert Kliewer (11-13-2, 5 KOs).
“You know, being me, Fernando, I love knockouts,” said Guerrero, a 25-year-old southpaw who is returning to the ring for the first time since June, when he was stopped in the fourth round by 40-year-old journeyman Grady Brewer.
“I don’t want people to say, ‘Oh, Fernando didn’t get a knockout.’ I mean, it’s always good to just get a win, or whatever, but there’s no better way to win than a knockout.”
Guerrero is highly popular on the Eastern Shore, where he has routinely packed the Wicomico Civic Center.
“But this is different to tell you the truth. I’m used to being the center of attention and I’m used to everybody yelling my name and all of that stuff, so what I need to do is just to get back into that position that I know and what I’m used to,” said Guerrero.
“I feel that a guy does best with what he’s used to, so I’ve got to go in there and feel comfortable so that I can be that star that I know that I can be. The only thing that’s better about it is that I’m fighting in a bigger town, which is D.C. So hopefully, my supporters come, and I can gain more supporters from D.C.”
Guerrero weighed in at 162 pounds, one more than Kliewer.