Brian Mitchell (boxer)

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Brian Mitchell
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Real nameBrian Mitchell
Weight(s) Super Featherweight
Height5 ft 6.5 in (1.69 m)
Nationality Flag of South Africa.svg South African
Born (1961-08-30) 30 August 1961 (age 59)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights49
Wins45
Wins by KO21
Losses1
Draws3

Brian Mitchell (born 30 August 1961 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a former professional boxer.

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Mitchell turned pro in 1981 and captured the WBA and Lineal Junior Lightweight Title in 1986 with a 10th-round KO over Alfredo Layne. He defended the title a record 12 times, and never lost a title fight. In 1991 he also captured the IBF Junior Lightweight Title with a decision win over Tony Lopez (who he'd previously fought to a draw). He retired after the fight, and came back briefly in 1994 for two local bouts, retiring completely in 1995 with a professional record of 45-1-3, avenging his loss and three draws in rematches and therefore being one of the few champions to beat everyone they faced.

Due to South Africa's apartheid policy during those times, the WBA ruled that Mitchell's title defences were not to be held in South Africa. Mitchell then became a true 'road warrior', defending his title 12 times abroad.

Mitchell was a busy fighter who relentlessly came forward, throwing a high number of punches to his opponent's head and body. Many of Mitchell's defences went the full distance of 15 rounds (7 defences out of 12), but his points victories were usually unanimous and clear-cut. Mitchell always entered his fights in peak physical condition, and it was usually this dedication that earned him his victories.

Beginnings

Mitchell began his career in late 1981, winning his first three fights on points over four rounds in less than two months. By the end of November he had won five times, defeating Simon Zondo and then Mose Mthiyane on fourth-round knockouts.

He began 1982 with a two-round KO of Phanuel Mosoane, but then suffered a setback, losing over 10 rounds to Jacob Morake. It would prove to be the only loss of his career, and left Mitchell's record at six wins and one defeat.

He won his next two fights, one on points and one by knockout, but was then held to a draw over six rounds by Frank Khonkhobe. In October 1982, he met Khonkhobe in a rematch and won on a 10-round decision.

In March 1983 Mitchell won an eight-round decision from Jerome Gumede, earning him a South African junior-lightweight title shot at Chris Whiteboy. He made the most of his opportunity, knocking Whiteboy out in the ninth round to claim the title. Bashew Sibaca lasted 10 rounds as Mitchell defended his crown, but Graham Gcola lasted just two rounds. Mitchell then met Jacob Morake, the only boxer to have beaten him in his young career. He won a points decision over 12 rounds. Fighting Frank Khonkhobe for the third time, Mitchell recorded a points victory. He finished 1983 with a first-round KO win over Blessing Ndlele.

Morake faced Mitchell for the third time in March 1984, and the champion again defended his South African title over 12 rounds. He then disposed of Carlos Miguel Rodriguez in four rounds, and won on points against Iland Matthews over six rounds. Nika Khumalo lasted only two rounds in his title challenge, and Mitchell then outpointed Aladin Stevens over eight rounds. Mitchell opened 1985 with a three-round KO win over Nyungi Mtiya, and then posted two seventh-round knockout wins in succession, defeating Carlos Rodriguez and Vicente Jorge. He improved his record to 25 wins, one loss and one draw when he beat Job Sisanga on points over eight rounds.

In his next bout, in November 1985, he faced Jacob Morake for the fourth time. It proved to be a tragic fight. Mitchell won on a twelfth-round KO, but Morake had absorbed a terrible amount of punishment and later died of head injuries.

Mitchell returned to the ring in March 1986, knocking out Julio Ruiz in six rounds at Sun City. In June of the same year, he defended his South African junior-lightweight title against Bushy Mosoeu, winning on points over 12 rounds.

World title

In September he was given a crack at Alfredo Layne's world junior lightweight title in Sun City, South Africa. Mitchell seized his chance, dropping the Panamanian champion three times in the tenth round to win the title by knock-out. [1] He next travelled to San Juan to tackle Jose Rivera, and after a tough battle emerged with a draw over 15 rounds. Less than two months later, he knocked out Aurelio Benitez in two rounds in a non-title bout. On 31 July, he faced Francisco Fernandez in Panama City and, with his excellent conditioning to the fore, knocked out the challenger in the fourteenth round. Mitchell was next in action in Gravelines, France, where he defeated Daniel Londas on points. He finished the year in Capo d'Orlando, Italy, with a ninth-round knockout of Salvatore Curcetti.

Mitchell took on Jose Rivera for the second time in April 1988 in Madrid. He again defended his title over the distance. In a non-title match he decisioned Danilo Cabrera over 10 rounds, and then outpointed Jim McDonnell over 12 rounds to defend his title for the sixth time.

In 1989 Mitchell headed to Italy, where he knocked out Salvatore Bottiglieri in eight rounds. Fighting in Italy once more, he saw off the challenge of Jackie Beard, and then disposed of his namesake, Irving Mitchell, in seven rounds in the USA. In his final fight of 1989, Mitchell defeated Felipe Orozco on points in a non-title match.

The following year he faced Beard again, winning a 12-round points decision in Italy. He then defeated Frank Mitchell, also over the distance, to maintain his hold on the junior-lightweight title.

In 1991 Mitchell travelled to Sacramento to face local hero Tony "The Tiger" Lopez arguably the toughest foe of his career. In a hometown decision that shocked boxing experts, Lopez managed to draw with Mitchell. The South African boxer was stripped of his WBA crown for facing Lopez for the IBF title, and suddenly he found himself without a world title for the first time since 1986. However, he again faced Lopez in Sacramento in September, and on that occasion made sure of victory with a convincing points win, claiming the IBF title in the process.

Mitchell retired from boxing after that fight, but came out of retirement for two more victories in 1994 and 1995 before permanently retiring from the ring.

He finished his career with 45 wins, a solitary loss and three draws. His 12 successful defences of the junior–lightweight title was only eclipsed by his countryman Vuyanyi "the beast" Bungu who achieved the record of thirteen successful defences.

In rankings based on the formula of "the man who beat the man", Mitchell was rated the world's best junior-lightweight boxer from 1986 to his retirement in 1991. He proved his toughness by making 12 title defences on the road, and he proved his ability time after time when fighting for the world title.

Many South Africans would consider him the country's greatest ever pugilist. Today, he is one of South Africa's foremost boxing trainers.

Mitchell was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009, and notwithstanding his exit from the amateur ranks in the early 80's, he was awarded honourary Springbok colours at a box–and-dine evening held at the Johannesburg City Hall in April 1989. [2]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
49 fights45 wins1 loss
By knockout210
By decision241
Draws3
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
49Win45–1–3 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Silverio FloresUD101 Apr 1995 Flag of South Africa.svg Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa
48Win44–1–3 Flag of the United States.svg Mike Evgen RTD6 (10)26 Nov 1994 Flag of South Africa.svg Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa
47Win43–1–3 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Lopez UD1213 Sep 1991 Flag of the United States.svg ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S.Won IBF super-featherweight title
46Draw42–1–3 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Lopez SD1215 Mar 1991 Flag of the United States.svg ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California, U.S.Retained WBA super-featherweight title;
For IBF super-featherweight title
45Win42–1–2 Flag of the United States.svg Frankie MitchellUD1229 Sep 1990 Flag of Italy.svg Palazzetto del Ghiaccio, Aosta, ItalyRetained WBA super-featherweight title
44Win41–1–2 Flag of the United States.svg Jackie Beard UD1214 Mar 1990 Flag of Italy.svg Palazzetto dello Sport, Grosseto, ItalyRetained WBA super-featherweight title
43Win40–1–2 Flag of Colombia.svg Felipe OrazcoSD1011 Nov 1989 Flag of Bophuthatswana (1972-1994).svg Superbowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana
42Win39–1–2 Flag of the United States.svg Irving MitchellTKO7 (12)28 Sep 1989 Flag of the United States.svg Central Maine Civic Center, Lewiston, Maine, U.S.Retained WBA super-featherweight title
41Win38–1–2 Flag of the United States.svg Jackie Beard TD9 (12)2 Jul 1989 Flag of Italy.svg Stadio Ezio Scida, Crotone, ItalyRetained WBA super-featherweight title
40Win37–1–2 Flag of Italy.svg Salvatore BottiglieriTKO8 (12)11 Feb 1989 Flag of Italy.svg Palasport Guiseppi Valencia, Messina, ItalyRetained WBA super-featherweight title
39Win36–1–2 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jim McDonnell UD122 Nov 1988 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Elephant & Castle Centre, London, United Kingdom Retained WBA super-featherweight title
38Win35–1–2 Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Danilo Cabrera UD104 Jun 1988 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa
37Win34–1–2 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Jose Rivera UD1226 Apr 1988 Flag of Spain.svg Scalia Melia Castilla, Madrid, SpainRetained WBA super-featherweight title
36Win33–1–2 Flag of Italy.svg Salvatore CurcettiRTD8 (12)19 Dec 1987 Flag of Italy.svg Palazzo Dello Sport, Messina, ItalyRetained WBA super-featherweight title
35Win32–1–2 Flag of France.svg Daniel Londas UD153 Oct 1987 Flag of France.svg L'Espace International, Gravelines, France Retained WBA super-featherweight title
34Win31–1–2 Flag of Panama.svg Francisco FernandezTKO14 (15)31 Jul 1987 Flag of Panama.svg Gimnasio Nuevo Panama, Panama City, Panama Retained WBA super-featherweight title
33Win30–1–2 Flag of Venezuela.svg Aurelio BenitezTKO2 (10)16 May 1987 Flag of Bophuthatswana (1972-1994).svg Superbowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana
32Draw29–1–2 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Jose RiveraMD1527 Mar 1987 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico Retained WBA and The Ring super-featherweight titles
31Win29–1–1 Flag of Panama.svg Alfredo Layne TKO10 (15)27 Sep 1986 Flag of Bophuthatswana (1972-1994).svg Superbowl, Sun City, BophuthatswanaWon WBA and The Ring super-featherweight titles
30Win28–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Bushy MosoeuUD1214 Jun 1986 Flag of Bophuthatswana (1972-1994).svg Superbowl, Sun City, BophuthatswanaRetained South African super-featherweight title
29Win27–1–1 Flag of Panama.svg Julio Pastor RuizKO6 (10)1 Mar 1986 Flag of Bophuthatswana (1972-1994).svg Superbowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana
28Win26–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Jacob MorakeTKO12 (12)2 Nov 1985 Flag of Bophuthatswana (1972-1994).svg Superbowl, Sun City, BophuthatswanaRetained South African super-featherweight title
Morake died of head injuries [3]
27Win25–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Job SisangaPTS827 Jul 1985 Flag of Bophuthatswana (1972-1994).svg Superbowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana
26Win24–1–1 Flag of Spain.svg Vincente JorgeTKO7 (10)27 Apr 1985 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Portuguese Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa
25Win23–1–1 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Carlos RodriguezRTD6 (8)30 Mar 1985 Flag of Bophuthatswana (1972-1994).svg Superbowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana
24Win22–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Nyingi MtyaTKO3 (12)11 Feb 1985 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Vosloorus Civic Centre, Boksburg, South AfricaRetained South African super-featherweight title
23Win21–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Aladin StevensPTS81 Dec 1984 Flag of Bophuthatswana (1972-1994).svg Superbowl, Sun City, Bophuthatswana
22Win20–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Nika KhumaloTKO2 (12)2 Aug 1984 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Good Hope Centre, Cape Town, South AfricaRetained South African super-featherweight title
21Win19–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Iland MathewsPTS616 Apr 1984 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Joekies Ice Rink, Welkom, South Africa
20Win18–1–1 Flag of Spain.svg Carlos MiguelTKO4 (10)31 Mar 1984 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
19Win17–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Jacob MorakeUD122 Mar 1984 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Kwa-Thema Civic Centre, Springs, South AfricaRetained South African super-featherweight title
18Win16–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Blessing NdlelaTKO1 (8)19 Dec 1983 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg West Ridge Park Tennis Stadium, Durban, South Africa
17Win15–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Frank KhonkhobeUD1221 Nov 1983 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Wembley Sports Pavilion, Johannesburg, South AfricaRetained South African super-featherweight title
16Win14–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Jacob MorakeSD126 Aug 1983 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Wembley Sports Pavilion, Johannesburg, South AfricaRetained South African super-featherweight title
15Win13–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Graham GolaKO2 (12)27 Jun 1983 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Wembley Sports Pavilion, Johannesburg, South AfricaRetained South African super-featherweight title
14Win12–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Bashew SibacaPTS102 May 1983 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg West Ridge Park Tennis Stadium, Durban, South Africa
13Win11–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Chris WhiteboyTKO9 (12)9 Apr 1983 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Oppenheimer Stadium, Orkney, South AfricaWon South African super-featherweight title
12Win10–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Jerome GumedePTS814 Mar 1983 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg West Ridge Park Tennis Stadium, Durban, South Africa
11Win9–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Frank KhonkhobeSD1015 Oct 1982 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Diepkloof Community Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa
10Draw8–1–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Frank KhonkhobePTS630 Jul 1982 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Mphatlalatsane Amphitheatre, Sebokeng, South Africa
9Win8–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Moses SithebeTKO5 (6)26 Jun 1982 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Oppenheimer Stadium, Orkney South Africa
8Win7–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Joseph TsotetsiPTS617 May 1982 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Jack Eustace Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa
7Loss6–1 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Jacob MorakeUD101 May 1982 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Kwa-Thema Civic Centre, Springs, South AfricaFor Transvaal super-featherweight title
6Win6–0 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Phanuel MosoaneTKO2 (6)6 Feb 1982 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
5Win5–0 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Moses MthiyaneTKO4 (6)30 Nov 1981 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg West Ridge Park Tennis Stadium, Durban, South Africa
4Win4–0 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Simon ZondoTKO4 (6)31 Oct 1981 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
3Win3–0 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Tammy MayiselaPTS43 Oct 1981 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Portuguese Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa
2Win2–0 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Bushy MosoeuPTS419 Sep 1981 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Wembley Sports Pavilion, Johannesburg, South Africa
1Win1–0 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Joseph MoneoanePTS415 Aug 1981 Flag of South Africa (1928-1994).svg Ellis Park Tennis Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa

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References

  1. "Brian Mitchell - Lineal Jr. Lightweight Champion". The Cyber Boxing Zone Encyclopedia.
  2. https://supersport.com/boxing/news/200410_The_night_Brian_Mitchell_received_his_Springbok_colours
  3. https://boxrec.com/media/index.php/Jacob_Morake
Achievements
Preceded by
Alfredo Layne
Lineal Super Featherweight Champion
27 September 1986 1991
Retires
Succeeded by
Azumah Nelson
Preceded by
Alfredo Layne
WBA Super Featherweight Champion
27 September 1986 1991
Stripped
Succeeded by
Joey Gamache
Preceded by
Tony Lopez
Stripped
IBF Super Featherweight Champion
13 September 1991 1991
Retires
Succeeded by
John John Molina