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.
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.
boxing, Mr. Mitchell.
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."
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.
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."
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
is staging pay-per-view cards on September 17th and October 15th but all the televised slots for those shows have been filled.
Mitchell is in limbo.
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."
Mitchell doing this weekend? Well, he'll be going back to his roots and
watching exhibition football like many of us.
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."