Seth Mitchell and his team recently announced the unbeaten heavyweight from Brandywine, Md., is set to fight October 6 against Johnathon Banks in Atlantic City. The announcement came two months after Mitchell's last fight was postponed because of injury.
Mitchell ended weeks of speculation regarding when he would fight again after he withdrew from a bout originally slated for July 14. Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 knockouts) had been scheduled to fight Banks in Las Vegas that night as the co-main event on a card that also featured Danny Garcia and Amir Khan.
"I was happy to get the call" confirming the fight, Mitchell said. "I've been in the gym, but I've still got to be smart and not over-train. I'm definitely in a different mind-set, pacing myself and getting ready for the fight."
A visit by Mitchell to the orthopedist showed a sprained ligament in his right hand, causing him to decide not to fight. The injury occurred during Mitchell's fight on April 28 against Chazz Witherspoon in Atlantic City for the vacant North American Boxing Organization title.
Mitchell, 30, won the bout in the third round via technical knockout. He later indicated he injured his hand long before landing a left hook that dropped Witherspoon. Mitchell continued to dominate Witherspoon, ultimately sending him into the ropes before referee Randy Neumann stopped the bout with 29 seconds remaining in the round.
Mitchell was an All-Met football player at Gwynn Park and went on to play his college football at Michigan State. He has won his last nine fights by knockouts, all of which ended in five rounds or less.
Banks (28-1-1, 18 KOs) is a 30-year-old native of Detroit. His only loss came against Thomas Adamek on Feb. 27, 2009, for the International Boxing Federation cruiserweight championship.
If Mitchell can chalk up another win in convincing fashion, it will move him one step closer to a much-anticipated fight against unified heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko. The Ukrainian fighter has indicated that Mitchell is one of the opponents he would consider fighting.
"That's ultimately where I want to be, the heavyweight champion of the world," Mitchell said. "That's definitely something I think about; but at the same time, I know I have to continue to do what I'm doing. If I don't, then it's just going to take a longer time for me to get there."