From the minute Seth Mitchell (26-2-1, 19) walked in to the ring to face Chris Arreola (36-3, 31) he looked like dead man walking. From the second Arreola first landed, it appeared that the dead man went from walking to stumbling, in fact every punch Arreola landed seemed to send Mitchell into a stumbling, clumsy mess of human.
Within seconds of Arreola connecting Mitchell's senses seemed to leave him and he attempted to hold, spoil and survive. Unfortunately for the man dubbed "Mayhem", he was totally in mayhem. Although Arreola had to throw Mitchell down to get him off him, a legitimate knockdown soon followed, and a follow up attack forced the referee's hand.
For Arreola the victory might see him manage to get a fight with Deontay Wilder or a rematch with Bermane Stiverne, though for Mitchell this really could be game over of what was a nice "experiment", but an experiment in a boxing ring can be very dangerous and Mitchell will hopefully walk away before he takes any major damage.
In one of the biggest shows of the day, in Denmark, the unbeaten Swede Otto Wallin (2-0, 2) recorded his second victory in the space of 3 months as he took out the seriously out classed Valeri Semiskur (18-29-1, 10) in the second round. On paper this was a good win for a fighter in just his second pro contest though Semiskur was hugely out of shape and looked very much a beaten man before he even got to the ring.
Despite the shape, and recent record, of Semiskur we are fans of Wallin who has really serious potential that is hopefully going to be reached in the coming years.
On a much smaller show, in Hungary, the debuting Zsolt Pocsi (1-0, 1) blasted out fellow debutant Attila Ficere (0-1) inside a round. We'll be honest, we don't know much about either man other than that we expect Ficere to move down to Cruiserweight if he wants to continue in the sport.
Staying in Europe for a moment, there was a victory in Germany for Canadian Franz Rill (3-0, 2) who stopped Alban Galonnier (3-5-1, 3) of France.
In Argentina we had title action as Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (18-12-3, 9) stopped novice Diego Martin Merlo (3-3, 2) in an up and down 4 rounder for the WPC South American Heavyweight title. Merlo was down in rounds 3 and 4 and Zarate himself was given a count in round 3 of what sounds like an entertaining battle.
There was also a title on the line in London, England as Ian Lewison (8-2-1, 5) claimed the BBBofC Southern Area Heavyweight title. Lewison claimed arguably the biggest victory of his career to claim the belt as he stopped Tom Dallas (17-4, 12) in a result that should spell the end for Dallas.
In the US there was more than just Arreola's destruction of Mitchell, with 2 bouts in Mississippi and 2 in Massachusetts.
In Mississippi fans saw Greek fighter Thanasis Michaloudis (3-0, 3) scoring his third inside just a few weeks, stopping novice Tyrone Williams (0-1) in the 3rd round. On the same show the debuting Robert Hall Jr (1-0, 1) stopped veteran Marvin Hunt (12-31-1, 5), who was stopped for the 28th time in his career.
At the show in Massachusetts Julian Pollard (3-0, 3) scored his second successive opening round KO as he took out the debuting Antonio Assermelly (0-1). The same show also saw Donnie Palmer (1-0-1, 1) stopping Aneudy Rodriguez (0-2) in round 3.