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Michigan State University
Spartan Sagas
Seth Mitchell
Alumnus, 2005
Brandywine, Maryland
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Seth Mitchell

Mayhem in the ring.

Alumnus, 2005
Brandywine, Maryland


Heavyweight boxer Seth Mitchell knows the best-laid plans aren’t always meant to be. As a high school student in Maryland, Mitchell dreamed of becoming a professional linebacker. He started down that path by accepting a football scholarship to Michigan State University—where a teammate gave him the nickname Mayhem. But a knee injury requiring multiple surgeries sidelined him from his football career.

Believing everything happens for a reason, Mitchell walked away from the sport he loved. After graduating from MSU with a degree in criminal justice, he decided to pursue a new path—one that led to a boxing ring.

In 2008, Mitchell began a professional heavyweight-boxing career. The husband and father of two once again goes by the name Mayhem. A formidable fighter with a 25-1-1 record and 19 knockouts, Mitchell gets his strength from his faith and his family. And he’s never forgotten his alma mater.

“I’m proud to say that I’m a Spartan,” says Mitchell. “I’d like to think that I compete like a Spartan in the ring.”