Undefeated heavyweight prospect LaRon Mitchell (8-0, 8 KOs), known for his knockout power, fights for the fourth time this year on Friday, Aug. 21 from the Omega Products Outdoor Arena in Corona, Calif.
The San Francisco-based Mitchell meets Curtis Lee Tate (7-6, 6 KOs) of Memphis, Tenn. in Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “New Blood” 6-round co-main event.
The 10-round main event features bantamweight contender Carlos Carlson (18-1, 12 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex. fighting against fellow countryman Pedro Melo (13-8-2, 4 KOs) for the vacant WBC Latino 118-lb. Championship.
Mitchell is quietly developing a ferocious fighting style that has led to eight straight wins by knockout. He is becoming a feared commodity among up-and-coming heavyweights, but outside of the ring, individuals close to him know him as a calm, mild-mannered person.
“LaRon is certainly an intimidating presence,” said Alex Camponovo, matchmaker and general manager at Thompson Boxing. “He’s six-foot-four and when he punches you, it feels like you ran into a freight train. But when he’s not knocking out opponents, he’s actually in the classroom educating elementary school kids. He has a nurturing side that not a lot of people know.”
Mitchell holds degrees from Paul Quinn College in Dallas and San Francisco State University. He currently teaches at St. Elizabeth’s in Oakland. The former collegiate football player says becoming a teacher afforded him the flexibility to pursue his boxing profession.
“Being a teacher actually provides the perfect structure for me to continue excelling in boxing,” said Mitchell, who signed with Thompson Boxing last year. “I get up early and run before I have to get into work. I usually hit the gym from three to six. I never feel tired or fatigued. It’s the perfect situation for me.”
Mitchell turned professional two years ago after recording a 28-5 amateur record. His first fight was on a Thompson Boxing card at the Doubletree Ontario where he recorded his first career KO win.
“I always wanted to sign with Thompson Boxing from the very beginning,” Mitchell said. “I turned professional on their card. I enjoyed the atmosphere. The fans are incredible. It’s been a great partnership.”