Birth date: May 21, 1980
Birth place: Los Banos, California, USA
Heavyweight prospect LaRon Mitchell (16-2, 14 KOs) signed a promotional contract with Southern California-based Thompson Boxing Promotions in May 2014. He is the former NABF Junior Heavyweight Champion.
Mitchell took the hardware to his hometown of San Francisco after outpointing Scott Alexander in a tense and stress-filled fight that was largely fought in close quarters.
“It wasn’t very pretty,” said Mitchell after the fight. “But I’ll take an ugly win over a pretty defeat any day of the week. I knew I had to take the fight to him because of his jab. Our game plan worked and now I go home with the NABA title.”
Prior to turning pro, Mitchell advanced to the finals of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and earned a silver medal at the U.S. National Championships that same year.
The former college football tight end turned professional in March 2013 and won his first thirteen fights by knockout. In June 2016, Mitchell faced rugged veteran Epifanio Mendoza from the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif.
Mendoza (42-23-1, 36 KOs), up to that point, was the most experienced opponent Mitchell had encountered in his young career. The Colombian native’s approach was to fight on the inside, thus eliminating Mitchell’s height and reach advantage. In the third, Mitchell strung a couple of combinations together and connected with a left hook to the body. Mendoza crumbled to the floor and was counted out at the :52 mark.
At the time, the stoppage win extended Mitchell’s consecutive KO win tally to thirteen.
“It’s not something that I think about,” said Mitchell, who is a southpaw and is trained by Jimmy Ford. “I just try to get better with each and every training camp and each fight.”
“We like his power, we like his determination to get better,” said Ken Thompson, president and founder of Thompson Boxing. “We plan on keeping him busy and we’ll monitor his progress carefully.”
In August 2016, Mitchell faced the savvy Mario Heredia of Mexico. Mitchell wore down Heredia with body shots and closed nearly every round with a flurry of punches. He came close to knocking him out, but had to settle for a unanimous decision win (the first fight in his career that went the distance, 77-74 twice, 76-75).
“I knew it was going to be a tough fight,” Mitchell said. “I was able to continuously apply pressure to get the win.”
Mitchell is a graduate of San Francisco State University and trains out of the Ring of Fire Gym in Northern California. He stands 6’4” and was born on May 21, 1980 in Los Banos, Calif. He splits his time between boxing and as a physical education teacher at St. Elizabeth’s Elementary in Oakland, Calif. He is managed by Andy Nance.