Mitchell KO's Broussard in first round

November 07, 1993|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Fighting before only several hundred fans in the first bout of the championship card, unbeaten lightweight contender Sharmba Mitchell (32-0) of Baltimore needed only 2 minutes and 25 seconds to stop Chad Broussard of Lafayette, La., and claim the vacant North American Boxing Federation title.

While the celebrity gawkers were waiting outside Caesars Palace to catch a glimpse of VIPs, Mitchell, 23, floored the previously undefeated Broussard (34-1) with a classic left hook. Broussard beat the count, but was dropped twice more in rapid fashion, which invoked the automatic three-knockdown rule.

"This is only my first step, not the last one," said Mitchell, who is being handled by Rock Newman, Riddick Bowe's manager.

The left-hander is ranked No. 3 by the International Boxing

Federation and the World Boxing Association and wants a title match against WBA champion Dingnan Thobela.

"The excitement is in the lighter divisions, not the heavyweight class," said Mitchell, a part-time student at the University of Maryland. "I know I'm the best lightweight out there. The sanctioning bodies just have to get their act together and get me my title shot."

Once regarded as simply a gifted boxer with blinding hand speed, Mitchell has developed into a strong puncher under new trainer Marvin Sims. His past two fights have been first-round knockouts.

"I'm throwing my punches straight from the shoulder now," he said. "I can feel the power coming right through my gloves."

Mitchell, who used fellow left-hander Marvin Hagler and Pernell Whitaker as role models, would like eventually to test Whitaker, the welterweight king.

"I'm going to work my way up and be patient, just collecting more money and championship belts," he said.

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