Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 8/28/14
Boxing is not an easy sport to pick up later in life. Many of the sport's top fighters began when they were kids and fought all the way through long amateur careers before turning pro. That is the typical path, but heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell is a different story. The 30-year-old only picked up the sport six years ago, after knee injuries ended a promising football career. A criminal justice major, he happened to catch a boxing match on television one night, one involving football player Tom Zbikowski. That's when his career plans changed and he decided to give boxing a try. It may seem like a natural transition: football, like boxing, is a contact sport, but Mitchell says nothing, including time spent on the gridiron, prepares you for the ring. "It's probably exaggerated. You can be a lion on that football field and a pussycat in the ring," said Mitchell, who played at Michigan State. "The physicality is different. Taking a hit and taking punch is different. I don't know ...
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