Mitchell vs Alexander

Heavyweight Clash in Ontario: Scott Alexander vs LaRon Mitchell

By David A. Avila

Finding the next great heavyweight has always been a struggle. They’re as rare as the Hope diamond.

Moreno Valley’s Scott Alexander (12-1-2, 6 KOs) hopes to become the next great heavyweight and finds San Francisco’s undefeated LaRon Mitchell (14-0, 13 KOs) blocking his way on Friday Oct. 21, at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario. The NABF junior title will be the prize in the 10-round heavyweight bout.   

Alexander, 27, trains in Riverside under the guidance of Henry Ramirez who knows a thing or two about heavyweights. He also trains Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola who fought three times for the heavyweight world title. That’s quite an accomplishment.

Boxing competes with other less demanding sports for athletes over 200 pounds. Football, basketball and baseball pay large athletes much more money on average. And no one is slugging them in the mouth; at least not intentionally. So for many, choosing those other sports makes more sense.

Imagine a guy who weighs 260 pounds with the height of NBA star Blake Griffen unloading blows as hard as conceivable against another man and you get the point.

Lately, other parts of the world have been dominating the heavyweight division such as England, Ukraine and China. Those countries don’t have professional sports like pro basketball, football or baseball draining the heavyweight pool of potential large athletes.

England’s Tyson Fury, the WBC titlist, towers at six-feet, nine-inches in height and weighs about 250 pounds when he’s not on a beer run. The man he beat for the WBC title, Wladimir Klitschko of the Ukraine, is two inches shorter and the same weight. Both of these giants chose boxing because the NBA, NFL or MLB doesn’t exist in their homelands.

Here in the USA, since the 1970s, most large elite athletes have numerous other options and choose them over boxing. It’s too tough a sport. Imagine NFL’s Clay Matthews, Aaron Donald or DeMarcus Ware in the boxing ring. Those are large physical athletes known for their toughness who possibly could compete in boxing if they had selected that direction.

One who chose boxing is San Francisco’s Mitchell. He teaches middle school when he’s not in the boxing gym. He signed a promotional contract with Orange County’s Thompson Boxing Promotions two years ago and has become a regular attraction at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario. But at age 36 there’s not much time remaining for the Northern California heavyweight.

"I'm 36-years-young. I know that sounds old, but I'm like a Cadillac with 50,000 miles that has been parked in the garage for much of its life. I have no wear and tear,” said Mitchell who was an alternate on the US Olympic boxing team in 2012.

Mitchell survived an eight round clash this past August in Corona against Mexican heavyweight Mario Heredia. In the third round the schoolteacher was floored and somehow gathered his senses to mount an impressive rally to win by decision. The crowd cheered. On the same fight card Alexander also out-battled a Mexican heavyweight in an equally competitive struggle. Fans at the outdoor event cheered loudly at the action packed struggle.

"Every fight is different, but as a boxer-puncher my job is to adjust. Whatever is working for him, I have to make the adjustment to take that away,” said Alexander about fighting heavyweights. “I understand LaRon is a school teacher, but on October 21, I'll be teaching him a lesson."

Those rare heavyweights will be on display on Friday.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information call (714) 935-0900.