Takoma Park's Sharmba Mitchell is scheduled to leave for Los Angeles today to begin training for the biggest fight of his career -- his Nov. 6 rematch with Russian Kostya Tszyu for the undisputed 140-pound title.
Tszyu handed Mitchell his last loss, a seventh-round stoppage on Feb. 3, 2001. Mitchell's camp believed the fighter suffered torn knee ligaments before that bout, costing him much of his mobility and preventing him from answering the bell to start the eighth round.
Mitchell (55-3) has won eight consecutive fights since -- most recently a second-round knockout of Moises Pedroza on Aug. 7.
"I feel great," Mitchell said yesterday. "I don't have to go to training camp and do anything special because I haven't been off. It's a different kind of preparation."
Tszyu (30-1) hasn't fought since January 2003.
Mitchell will work out in Los Angeles with his long-time trainer Rock Simms and will add Joe Goossen, whose clients include Shane Mosley and Diego Corrales, to his corner.
"I like the way Joe can pick fights apart," Mitchell said.
The biggest remaining loose end for the fight is the site. Among the locations under consideration are Atlantic City, Phoenix and Los Angeles.
-- Jake Schaller