Although he was 5ft. 9in. and never weighed more than 150 pounds, the game fighter routinely fought bigger competition.
Born in Birmingham, England, Mitchell was a skillful boxer who packed a sharp punch. He fought during the transition between the bare knuckle and the gloved eras. In 1883, Mitchell challenged John L. Sullivan, dropping "The Boston Strong Boy" in the first round before the police halted the contest in the third round. He battled Sullivan to a draw over 39 rounds during an 1888 rematch in Chantilly, France.
Mitchell challenged new heavyweight champion Jim Corbett in 1894, and was KO'd in the third. Mitchell boxed standouts such as William Sheriff, Jake Kilrain, Billy Edwards and Jem Mace before retiring in 1894.
He died April 3, 1918 in Brighton, England.
Born: Nov. 24, 1861
Died: April 3, 1918