Washington DC - Maryland heavyweight Seth Mitchell, featured in MaxBoxing.com’s “Next in Line” remained undefeated Friday night with a third-round TKO of Ryan Thompson at the Washington DC Convention Center. It was Mitchell’s 10th knockout, and 16th win with just one draw, and now looks forward to a date on nation television next month.
Mitchell set a fast pace early in the first two rounds throwing stiff jabs and combinations, keeping Thompson, 9-9 (6), on his heels and unable set up his punches. Mitchell used heavy body blows in the second round that slowed the East Cleveland fighter, setting up the decisive third round.
After Mitchell easily won the first two stanzas, a bloodied Thompson seemed to rebound in the third, applying more pressure and crowding the former Michigan State linebacker. However, any hope of success for Thompson was short-lived as midway in the round, Mitchell stunned Thompson with a thundering right hand. Sensing victory, Mitchell systematically backed Thompson into the ropes and unleashed blistering combinations until at 2:32 of the third round, Thompson’s corner literally threw a white towel into the ring, thus retiring their fighter.
Following his win, Mitchell said, “I was able to touch him with my jab, and once I did that I was able to get some good body shots in, and saw that was effective. But he was tough, I would hit him with a couple body shots, but it seemed the harder I hit him, the more he came, it just caught up with him in the third round.”
Trainer Andre Hunter was pleased with his fighter’s performance. “I knew he was going to get him, sooner or later, I knew the guy couldn’t take the punishment for eight rounds like that.”
“I’ll be back in the gym on Wednesday,” commented Mitchell, who now begins preparations for ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” on May 7th in El Paso Texas, with an opponent to be named.
In the night’s co-main event, Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan of Capital Heights, MD, used superior footwork and hand speed to retain his WBF All-Americas super middleweight belt over Julius Fogle of Cary, NC. Buchanan now 19-2 (12), landed hard, effective power shots while keeping Fogle at bay throughout the fight. Fogle drops to 15-3 with 10 Kos and one no-contest.
Heavyweight Horace Grant, Riverdale, MD scored a lopsided unanimous decision over a game but overmatched Jonathan Felton by scores of 40-34, 40-35, and 39-36. The judge whom scored the bout 39-36 must have been watching a different fight since Grant, now 15-2 (9), dropped Felton in both the third and fourth rounds. Felton of Stafford, VA drops to 6-21 (5) with one no-contest.
Light heavyweight prospect Alexander “The Great” Johnson of Oxon Hill, MD scored a six-round unanimous decision over journeyman William Gill. All three judges’ scorecards equaled 59-55, as Johnson scored his ninth victory in as many outings, with 3 KOs. Gill, of Toms River, NJ falls to 9-25 (7).
After the victory, Alexander stated his desire to challenge fellow light heavyweight Mark “TNT” Tucker, of nearby Westminster, Maryland, “I would love to fight Mark Tucker now; tell him to put the belt on the line.” Tucker currently holds the USBO light heavyweight title.
Columbia, MD’s Tony Jeter scored a second round TKO over Vincent Robbins after a hard combination sent Robbins down at the ropes at 1:34 of the round. At ringside, it appeared that the final right hook landed well after Robbins was down on one knee. When asked he felt he was hit after he was down, Robbins replied with a simple, “Yes, sir; I was.”
Jeter, who survived a first-round knockdown, said in no way did he try to hit Robbins while he was down, “I just in the motion of throwing punches; he was hunched over, looked like he was ready to quit. I was in the motion throwing a combination and that was it.”
Jeter is now 9-2 (8) with one no-contest, while Robbins of York, SC, now stands at 3-9 (3).
In a fight for the vacant WBF All-Americas Women’s welterweight title, Adelita Irizarry of Hartford, CT, outworked a tough Molly McConnell of Olympia, WA, to earn the belt. Irizarry set a fast pace, winning the earlier rounds, and McConnell, while coming on very strong late, could not overcome the deficit in points. Irizarry improved to 7-4 (2), while McConnell suffered only her second loss to 10 wins and 5 KOs.