Next Fight – September 29

Johnathon Banks has signed with Tara Thomas Agency and we are excited about this new addition & relationship! He is scheduled to fight Antoino Tarver and this is sure to be a win for Johnathon.

There will be a special Monday night (September 29) heavyweight battle on Fox Sports 1′s Golden Boy Live where the highly anticipated fight will feature 32-year old Banks as he returns to the ring to face Tarver in Hidalgo, Texas.


2012 FIGHT BY FIGHT— Banks stopped undefeated top contender Seth Mitchell, 25-1-1 (19KO’s), on Saturday, November 17, 2012 in the second round at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on HBO World Championship Boxing. Dropping Mitchell three times in the second round, referee Eddie Cotton called a halt to the destruction at the 2:37 mark of the second stanza. Wrote ESPN’s Dan Rafael, “Maybe some things are just meant to be. The script couldn’t have been better written for Banks in his major upset if a screenwriter had taken on the task. He was supposed to fight Mitchell in July, but the fight was postponed when Mitchell suffered a hand injury in his exciting third-round knockout win against Chazz Witherspoon in April and couldn’t be ready in time. It was around the time that the fight was postponed that the late Emanuel Steward, the Hall of Fame trainer and HBO announcer, first became ill. Steward had taken Banks under his wing when he was a 15-year-old amateur. Banks learned to box from Steward, spent time living with him and considered him a father figure. When Steward died in late October, his No. 1 fighter, heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, needed a trainer for his Sept. 10 title defense against Mariusz Wach and he turned to Banks, who had been in Klitschko’s training camps for years with Steward.”
“So Banks was training Klitschko for his eventual win against Wach at the same time that he was preparing to fight Mitchell. While in Klitschko’s camp in Austria, Banks, 30, of Detroit, was doing four training sessions a day — two for himself with his own trainer, Steward’s nephew Javan “Sugar” Hill, and two with Klitschko. After Klitschko beat Wach, they flew to Detroit for Steward’s memorial service this past Tuesday and then Banks went to Atlantic City for his fight, which Steward would have called as an analyst for HBO had he not gotten sick. So it was against that intense emotional backdrop, and a whole lot of tiring travel, that Banks went into the ring. Any notion that he would lack focus under the difficult circumstances evaporated as he dropped Mitchell over and over.”

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