By Jeff Reiners for Fightnews.com
The unfortunate passing of Emanuel Steward briefly created a vacuum in the corner of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. A vacuum that was ultimately filled by Johnathon Banks, the same Johnathon Banks who fights Seth Mitchell Saturday night in Atlantic City. That’s right, an active boxer about to fight on a major undercard doubles as the chief second for the heavyweight champion of the world. It’s something that’s rarely, if ever seen in the sport. Banks spoke from his hometown of Detroit during a Monday afternoon conference call, describing an intensive “Four-a-day” training regime which saw him train Klitschko by day and himself at night.
It’s a level of dedication that’s drawn respect from the former middle linebacker, turned heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell. “It’s taken a while, but I’m happy to finally be back in action and fighting a great opponent like Johnathon Banks,” said Mitchell. “I love fighting in Atlantic City because I know my fans from Maryland and the D.C. area will be out in force cheering me on. I am going to give them all a great fight.”
Banks is confident his unusually busy schedule will be advantageous against Mitchell, a fighter who stepped in to a boxing ring for the first time just 6 years ago.
“I’m looking to steal the show on November 17” said Banks. “I’ll prove what a true boxer at the highest level can do against a football player. The winner of our fight should be next in line for a title shot. I plan on making sure that winner is me.”