By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Tom Loeffler, K2 Promotions managing director, spoke to Fightnews.com about upcoming and possible fights for heavyweight contender Johnathon Banks and middleweight WBO and IBO champion Gennady Golovkin.
How is Johnathon Banks’ health after the injury?
Everything is going according to schedule. Six weeks rehabilitation was necessary after this freak thumb injury before the Seth Mitchell rematch. Johnathon will be back training at the end of March – which works perfectly with the opening of Wladimir Klitschko’s training camp before his Francesco Pianeta title defense.
The Banks/Klitschko training arrangements are without precedent in the world of heavyweight boxing: a leading contender training the current world champion.
True – it never happened before but it works equally well for them, for Wladimir and Johnathon. And when we are talking about Banks, he does an incredible job – working with a perfectionist like Wladimir isn’t easy and he has to work on his own fight with specialized training, all the necessary preparation. You have to consider Johnathon as one of top contenders in the division: ranked #3 by WBC and WBO, top ten everywhere else.
Has HBO already accepted a new date for rematch?
It will happen in June, exact date will be announced shortly. It’s a pleasure working with HBO, not only with Banks, but also other K2 fighters, like Gennady Golovkin.
Banks mentioned that one of the names he would like to fight him is Poland’s Tomasz Adamek, the only fighter who defeated him.
One of the best options after Mitchell fight, no doubt. Johnathon’s only professional loss happened in the cruiserweight division against Adamek and like every proud fighter, he wants to avenge his only defeat. Banks versus Adamek would make so much sense – both for fans and TV networks on both sides of the ocean. But for now, the top priority is to beat Seth Mitchell again. Planning comes afterwards.
Gennady Golovkin, after two fights in US, will be back in sunny Monaco, defending his middleweight titles. Traveling between training camp in Big Bear and Monte Carlo will not be a problem?
Not at all. Gennady lives with his family in Germany, and knows what it means to have training camp in California. Of course Monaco is a nice place to lace them up, but GGG is not coming there for vacation. He will in Monaco to knock Ishida out. The fight will be televised live by Integrated Sports PPV and many broadcasters in Europe. Golovkin’s popularity grows every day. I have no doubt that after March 30 fight in Monte Carlo, GGG will have even more supporters.