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“If I achieve what I want to achieve in boxing, which is be to financially secure, have my health and be heavyweight champion of the world, then I want people to be able to say this guy is the same person as champion as he was when he was 1-0,” Mitchell said.

That shouldn’t a problem, just so long as Mitchell keeps putting on those black velvet trunks and remembers the stories behind the symbols.

Said Mitchell: “When I get new shorts made, you’re going to always see the Spartan and you’re going to always see the 48 somewhere.”