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Seth Mitchell: Jonathon Banks is a dangerous opponent



by BoxingBet.pl: Q: How is your training camp going before next fight, October 6th, against Jonathon Banks? Do you think Banks could be a dangerous opponent for you?
A: I am about to get into the heart of my training camp. Banks is a dangerous opponent because he is a good counter puncher and has a good right hand.

Q: What are you think about Banks? Tomasz Adamek knocked him out 3 years ago and now he is in heavyweight, where he doesn’t show anything special (for example draw against Jason Gavern). If you can, tell me a bit about your game plan.
A: Banks has experience, he has been sparring against the Klitschkos, and he is undefeated as a heavyweight. As far as game plan goes, I plan to stay behind my jab and be smart.

Q: How would you rate your performance in your last fight against Chazz Witherspoon? In the first round, you were rocked, but finally, you won. How did you survive that first round?
A: I would give myself a good performance rating. I went through adversity, but overall, I gave a good performance. I knew when to tie up and grab, and make it back to my corner. Once I did that, I knew I couldn’t let him stay on the outside and I made it an inside fight.

Q: What after Banks? Your future plans, maybe some names of contenders, with who you would like to fight then.
A: I take things one step at a time. My focus right now is on Banks.

Q: Some months ago you had an injury to your hand. How do you feel now? Are you 100% healthy and ready?
A: Yes, my hand feels good. I can’t wait to get back in the ring on October 6th.

Q: Seth Mitchell is the best American HW because…
A: I don’t call myself the best American heavyweight. That’s a name that the people have given me. I just try to go out and be the best that I can be.

Q: Give us the reasons why Seth Mitchell has a chance to beat Klitschko and become the new world champion.
A: Because I believe in myself, have descent height, and I‘m a natural heavyweight at 240. I possess mental toughness, speed, power, and I have the heart of a champion.

Q: What can you say to the people who say that you don’t have anything special, your technical skills are poor, and only thing you have is your power?
A: Just keep watching.

Q: What is the cause of the crisis of American heavyweight and American amateur boxing? No men’s boxers from the USA won a medal during the Olympics Games in 2012.
A: Our men’s boxers fight like pros, and we don’t fight well in that Olympic style. I think the American heavyweight division will improve soon.

Q: Are you planning a fight with Wladimir Klitschko in the future, or waiting for a WBC Vacant belt after Vitali Klitschko retires?
A: I don’t know what the future holds. I have to discuss that one with my team.

Q: Our countryman Mariusz Wach will face Wladimir Klitschko later this year. Did you hear about it? What are you think about his chances?
A: I heard about the fight, but I haven’t seen Wach enough to answer that question. I will definitely try to tune in and watch the fight.

Q: I heard that you helped Tony Thompson in his training camp before his second title shot against Wladimir Klitschko. Did you believe that Tony had any chances with Wladimir? Was he in good shape in your opinion?
A: I thought if he didn’t let Klitschko dictate with his jab, he had a good chance to pull the upset. Yes, he was in good shape.

Q: Any closing thoughts?
A: The Polish fans are some of the best in boxing. Thank you for all of your support. Please keep me in your prayers. Tune in to my fight in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on October 6th, live on HBO. You can follow me on twitter @SethMayhem48

Q: Thank you, I appreciate it.

A: Thank you very much for taking the time to interview me.