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Spartan Sagas



  • Author:
    Robert Bao
  • Published:
    Fall 2013
Mayhem in the Ring
 
“In high school, I envisioned myself with shoulder pads, helmets and cleats on,” says Seth Mitchell. “I envisioned myself playing collegiate level football and then going on and being a standout linebacker in the NFL.”
 
Mitchell stood out from the start.  But along with the passion to play and opponent-crushing power, he felt something else.
 
“A shock pain would shoot through my knee every now and then,” he says.  After his freshman year, he had surgery. It didn’t work.  “I still had the pain. I got another surgery and the story goes on until I had my seventh surgery. I said, ‘Enough is enough.’ I believe that everything happens for a reason.” 
 
Mitchell walked away from football. He says he was at peace. “God opened up another door, another avenue for me,” he says. “I didn’t think it was going to be boxing. Now, I’m succeeding and excelling in boxing and that’s great. I believe everything happens for a reason. If I couldn’t box tomorrow, I’ll be heartbroken, but I’ll bounce back. That’s what I believe. That’s my character and my nature.”
 
Despite his positive outlook, Mitchell learned some hard lessons at a young age. 
 
“It’s not always easy, especially my early childhood when I was in Virginia. I witnessed a lot of stuff that a second or third grader shouldn’t have witnessed. I believe that might be why I’m the person that I am today, as far as my character and knowing the difference between right and wrong. Not having a father around, maybe I am trying to do things that I didn’t have as a youngster coming up. Indirectly, maybe I’m doing that. I don’t know that I’m doing it. That’s my life. I enjoy being a husband and I enjoy being a father.
 
When I’m home, playing with Ariel, playing with Austin, I know that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing. Then, when I’m in the ring, you’re trying to stop me from providing for them. I’m not saying that I can’t, but you’re going to have a tough night ahead of you.”
 
Mitchell has a record to match his work ethic. Since beginning his heavyweight-boxing career in 2008, he has a 26-1-1 record and 19 knockouts. 
 
“I’m a Spartan, and I’m proud to say that I’m a Spartan,” says Mitchell. “It feels good. I have a Spartan on the back of my trunks, and I would like to think that I compete like a Spartan in the ring.”