Buzzkill After Dark
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (Aug 23, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
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Seth Mitchell
Back during his days on the gridiron for his alma mater, Michigan State, in the early 2000s, if Seth Mitchell was injured and unable to play, the upcoming Spartan game wouldn't be scrapped. Instead, whoever was next on the middle linebacker depth chart would merely take his spot that Saturday afternoon. That's the nature of football, “next man up.” In boxing, if the main event falls apart, well, the show doesn't go on, which is precisely what happened as Robert Guerrero suffered a left shoulder injury in Big Bear less than two weeks before his bout with Marcos Maidana at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
 
The injury was suffered on Wednesday and the announcement of the card’s postponement was made the following morning on a conference call to reporters. This also meant that Mitchell's contest against Mike Mollo would also be postponed.
 
Welcome to boxing, Mr. Mitchell.
 
"I knew it was a part of the business but unfortunately, this is the first time that I've had to deal with it," he told Maxboxing on Thursday night. "It's disappointing but at the same time, it's a part of the business. It's unfortunate but it is what it is."
 
As Mitchell woke up that Thursday morning, he thought he was going through his final preparations leading up to August 27th. By the afternoon, he was given the bad news.
 
"I had just finished a short, two-mile run. I had come home and at some tilapia and some salad, set up my alarm clock for taking my nap from 12 o'clock to two. I wake up at two, get ready to go to the gym at three o'clock and my manager called me at about 1:42 and he told me that the fight had been scratched because of an injury and I said, 'You're joking, right?' He said, 'No,'" recalled Mitchell. "So I mean it was shocking; it was disappointing. It's the nature of the business."
 
This was supposed to be Mitchell's coming-out party of sorts, as he was scheduled to open up this “Boxing After Dark” broadcast on HBO, his first appearance on the network. He stated, "I was extremely excited; I believe that as a fighter, you reach levels and you want to get to one of the highest levels and that was just the start, me being a co-main event on HBO and working my way up to being the main event. I was excited at the same time but I didn't want it to cause me too much anxiety or too much pressure to where I couldn't perform. That was one of my main focuses, be grateful, be excited  that I was on HBO but knowing why I was on HBO- and that's because of what I've been doing thus far in my career- and I knew I had to go out there and put on a good show, so I could continue to get those calls."
 
The question is, just when will that come about? One of the problems nowadays when suffering the cancellation of premium cable network fight cards is that the shows are now essentially slotted months ahead of time. Now as we head into the last quarter of 2011, does HBO have any available dates left to fit either of these two fights into their schedule? 

Eric Gomez, matchmaker for GBP says, "We're trying to reschedule; we're waiting on HBO to see if they can give us another date what's available. The problem is there's no dates. Obviously, it frees up some money because of what they were going to spend on this show but their schedule is pretty full till the end of the year. So we're trying to see if there's an available date and obviously, they're working on their schedule. They're trying to adjust it, so we're kind of on hold right now. We're on hold and we'll wait and see what happens."
 
Golden Boy is staging pay-per-view cards on September 17th and October 15th but all the televised slots for those shows have been filled.
 
Right now, Mitchell is in limbo.
 
"It's tough," he admitted, "but I have faith and I believe in my promotional company, my management team, Al Haymon and Sharif Salim. They're going to get me a date soon- sooner than later. That's what makes it easier for me- that I know I'll be fighting soon- but it is disappointing."

Yeah, all the work for nothing but really, for a boxer who first stepped into a gym several years ago, this time spent learning and honing his craft is still invaluable. Only thing is, you don't get paid for just training. However, Mitchell won’t take too much time off. "I didn't go to the gym today. I'm not going to go tomorrow," he said last week, "but I'll be back on Monday. Hopefully, I'll have a date by then but we'll be back Monday. We might not be full-throttle unless they tell me my fight is in like three weeks but I always stay in the gym. Since I've been boxing, four years, I've never taken more than two-and-a-half weeks out of the gym. That's the God's honest truth, so I'm always in the gym. We're just not going to go full-throttle."
 
So what’s Mitchell doing this weekend? Well, he'll be going back to his roots and watching exhibition football like many of us.
 
"Absolutely, I'll be watching pre-season football," he said, laughing. "It's disappointing but I'm cool though. Anything can happen; it could've been me that got hurt. I just gotta look at the positive side. I was able to have a healthy training camp. I didn't get injured and have to pull out, so I can still fight and if a date comes up real quick. So I just try to be optimistic about the situation."

Don’t forget to check out our new Maxboxing/YouTube videos, courtesy of our outstanding videographer Brian Harty and on-air ace Radio Rahim. They feature Bernard Hopkins on Chad Dawson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kin_HlUiSUI), Dawson on Hopkins (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvkfFBJnuLs) and the press conference touting their upcoming fight on October 15 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cpc2CudCzM)...

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