Banks Eyes Adamek, Povetkin: Not Shocked By Upset

By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes

Heavyweight contender Johnathon Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs) sent a shockwave through the entire division on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, when he knocked out previously undefeated rising star Seth Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KOs) in two rounds.

Banks was a huge underdog, but he received an inspirational push with the recent passing of his Hall of Fame trainer, Emanuel Steward.

"It's only a surprise to the public and the media. It wasn't a surprise to me because I came in the fight with nothing but confidence. I picked this fight. Nobody thought I could punch and I proved that tonight. And nobody thought I could beat a top true heavyweight and I proved that tonight too," Banks told

"He showed me he was ready to fight. He was coming for a knockout. I knew he was coming for me because he doesn't move around too much and he doesn't do no type of tricks. I knew he was coming for me. And knowing that someone is doing nothing but coming forward, a lot of times they don't see certain shots and that's what I was trying to exploit."

Banks told BoxingScene that he would love the opportunity to avenge his only career defeat. He suffered an eight round TKO loss to Tomasz Adamek (47-2, 29KOs) in 2009. That fight took place at cruiserweight. Both of them are now full fledged heavyweights. Adamek faces Steve Cunningham in a rematch next month. Another option, Banks said, is WBA "regular" heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17KOs).

"Yes, yes and double yes [to fighting Adamek in a rematch]. Alexander Povetkin [is another option], he has the WBA [belt] and I would love to get that title," Banks said.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jack Napier on 11-18-2012

let Banks go after Adamek 2, or Cunningham if he beats Adamek maybe he could beat Povetkin, but that's Wlad's business to handle most likely he'll be scrambling for Vit's belt soon like everyone else bad conflict of interest for…

Comment by PAC-BOY on 11-18-2012

This may have been the defining moment Banks needed! Good for him!

Comment by joe strong on 11-18-2012

the recycled 90s Hws are almost gone so there are going to be opportunities for others to step up. banks picked up a huge win & is 1win from a mandatory title shot but he could end up being a…

Comment by teddycanyon on 11-18-2012

that's right I forgot, Banks got KTFO by Adamek at cruiser haha

Comment by therealremi on 11-18-2012

Adamek once turned Banks from a prospect into obscurity, if you forget about his stint as Wlad's trainer, and now Banks pulls off such an upset. Their rematch would be legit heavyweight fight and for Banks it would be personal.

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