July 24, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Former Michigan State linebacker Seth Mitchell, who has compiled a 17-0-1 record including 11 knockouts in 18 heavyweight fights, will face Derek Bryant (20-5-1, 17 KOs) in an eight-round bout scheduled for Saturday, July 31 at The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Mitchell has won 15-straight bouts.
In his last match on May 7, the 28-year-old Mitchell recorded a second-round TKO over Johnnie White in Albuquerque, N.M. His boxing style earned him the nickname "Mayhem" from former Michigan State teammate Jason Teague.
The Brandywine, Md., native began his journey as a boxer 3 1/2 years ago and breezed through 10 amateur fights in the Golden Gloves program as a novice. He launched his professional career 2 1/2 years ago and signed with Golden Boy after just his second fight.
Mitchell credits former Notre Dame safety and current Baltimore Raven Tom Zbikowski for sparking his interest in pursuing a career in boxing.
"I watched Tom Zbikowski's pro boxing debut from New York's Madison Square Garden on television, and he got my competitive juices flowing again," Mitchell said.
A two-year letterman for the Spartans in 2002-03, Mitchell was forced to retire from football after seven surgeries, including six on his left knee. He started nine of 11 games at outside linebacker in 2003 and ranked second on the team in tackles (103) and production points (154). Mitchell averaged a team-best 10.6 tackles in Big Ten games. He posted double figures in tackles five times as a sophomore, including four-straight games during one stretch. He recorded a career-high 17 tackles at Ohio State, including two for losses (6 yards).
As a red-shirt freshman in 2002, Mitchell started five of six games played at middle linebacker. He finished his rookie season with 29 total tackles, including eight stops each against Minnesota and Michigan.
"I truly believe that I had the talent and work ethic to play in the National Football League, but I couldn't stay healthy," Mitchell said. "It was a difficult decision to retire from football, but I was at peace with my choice because I had done everything within my power to try to come back after my seventh surgery, but the strength, power and speed simply wasn't there in my left knee."
Earlier this month, msuspartans.com spent an entire day with Mitchell, visiting his home in Waldorf, Md., and attending his workout at Dream Team Boxing Gym in Clinton. So stay tuned for more "Mayhem" this summer and fall on msuspartans.com and "Spartan Football All-Access."