Mitchell approaches contender status

Former football star takes next step toward legitimacy versus Chazz Witherspoon

Updated: April 27, 2012, 12:00 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Seth Mitchell, a professional fighter for barely four years, has been referred to by many as the best American heavyweight prospect for the past couple of those years. Now it's time for him to see if he can shed the prospect label and become an authentic contender.

The process began in earnest in December when Mitchell, 29, who turned to boxing after a knee injury ended his college football career as a standout linebacker at Michigan State, became the first man to knock out longtime fringe ...

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