Brian Mitchell turned pro in 1981 and captured the WBA Junior Lightweight Title in 1986 with a 10th round KO over Alfredo Layne. . Due to sanctions against South Africa, the World Boxing Association chose not to stage fights in South Africa. Despite this, he still managed to defend this title 12 times away from home. 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.
Mitchell was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009.
Udo Carelse asked him what his thoughts were on the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight. They then reminisced about his growth into International stardom, and Mitchell credited many people like his dad and Arnold Taylor in encouraging his passion for the sport.
When asked why he chose boxing as a career path, Mitchell had this to say:
I wanted to become a South African Champion like my dad— Brian Mitchell
Not only did he become a South African Champion, but also an International one.
To listen to the full interview - see below:
This article first appeared on 702 : "My dad was my hero" - Brian Mitchell on why he chose Boxing