Advertisement
Advertisement

Banks Finishes an Emotional Camp, Focused To Win

By Keith Idec

Johnathon Banks doesn’t dispute that these past few weeks have taken quite an emotional toll on him.

That was to be expected, considering the impact Emanuel Steward had on his personal and professional lives. One of the countless things the late trainer taught Banks, however, was that, barring a prohibitive injury, the show must go on.

Banks (28-1-1, 20 KOs) fully understands that he must channel all the raw emotion lingering from Steward’s death Oct. 25 when he steps into the ring Saturday night to fight Seth Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Detroit’s Banks can significantly enhance his status in the heavyweight division by beating the former Michigan State linebacker in their scheduled 12-rounder, and he realizes it isn’t an opportunity he can afford to waste.

“When it comes to fighting, you’ve got to shut everything out,” Banks said. “Fighting is like going to war. You’ve got to shut everything out and you’ve got to go to war. No matter what’s going on at home, when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go.

“And that’s just the situation that we’re in. Saturday night, I have to go. No matter what’s going on mentally, or what’s going on the last month, on Saturday night I have to be prepared to go.”

Banks attended a memorial service for Steward on Tuesday in Detroit, where Steward helped mold Banks into a professional prizefighter and trainer at the legendary Kronk Gym.

“We’re talking about going back to a 15-year-old kid, you know, [that’s how long] I’ve been looking up to this guy,” Banks, 30, said. “I grew up being around the Lennox Lewis training camps, flying to Big Bear to train Oscar [De La Hoya], coming to train Prince Naseem [Hamed].

“So, I mean, he kept me in boxing, he kept me around boxing and I really, really learned a lot from him, as far as life, as far as leading, as far as the fighters, as far as actually the fundamentals about training, about boxing. I even lived with him for a few years, also. There was one point that for years and years where we were together every day. We traveled together. Even when he went to broadcast on HBO, I would go with him a lot of times.”

Banks became Wladimir Klitschko’s trainer once it became clear Steward wouldn’t physically be able to train Klitschko due to the brief, undisclosed illness that took his life at the age of 68. He guided Klitschko (59-3, 50 KOs) to a 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat of Poland’s Mariusz Wach (27-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany. He thought a lot about Steward that night, too.

“As far as what he meant, I mean, anything I guess what a father means to a kid, he meant a lot to me,” Banks said. “The guy was a great mentor, he was a great father figure and he just was a great overall person. … It was nothing but a blessing for me.”

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Medved on 11-15-2012

[QUOTE=anonymous2.0;12701426]Wonder if his stablemates are going to be there for him. Also, who's going to be in the corner for Banks?[/QUOTE] No idea, but it was a nice gesture by Wlad to have Banks in his corner as his trainer,…

Comment by anonymous2.0 on 11-15-2012

Wonder if his stablemates are going to be there for him. Also, who's going to be in the corner for Banks?

Comment by juandabomb on 11-15-2012

i doubt it he will win versus mitchell, banks is just one of those guys that will never be champ.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Vargas is Open To Facing Crawford After Stunning Pacquiao Sam Maxwell Turns Over, Joins MGM: Will Debut In October Golovkin Warns Saunders: My Goal is The WBO Belt, I Want it Next Anthony Crolla: I'll Have Jorge Linares Rematch in Las Vegas Williams-Patterson, Eubank Jr-Langford Confirmed For October 22 In Cardiff Derry Mathews Confident: I'll Dig Deep With Luke Campbell! Upton Brothers Leave Ricky Hatton Over "Turbulent Private Life" Dillian Whyte, Dereck Chisora Could Collide in December Smith Backs Froch: Kovalev is Best Pound For Pound Fighter! Amir Khan Says Land For Boxing Academy is Now in Dispute Team USA: Olympic Postmortem De La Hoya on Canelo-GGG: We Can't Afford To Wait Beyond 2017 Chocolatito: Cuadras Talks A lot, But I'll Prove it in The Ring! Golovkin: No Big Fights at 168, I Make 160 Easy - I'm Not Big 160 Juanma: Business Opportunity Made Me Return, Not Vazquez Morrison, Golub, Baranchyk, Peterkin Head To 9/23 ShoBox Robert Guerrero: I'm Ready For a World Title Shot Right Now! Photos: Gennady Golovkin, Roman Gonzalez Big Bear Media Day Saunders Still a Possibility for Canelo, Golden Boy Focused on Smith Jon Fernandez, Jose Roman Ink Pacts With Lou DiBella De La Hoya: Canelo a 154-Pounder, Will Fight Golovkin When Ready! Jarrell Miller's Promoter: He's Ready For Any World Champion Canelo: Margarito Fight Will NEVER Happen, He Should Retire Ramiro Carrillo, Achour Esho Return on October 1, UIC Pavilion Joshuanthony Ortiz, Edgardo Laboy Ink Pacts With Miguel Cotto Canelo Admits Move To 160 is Likely Next For His Career Mason Menard Puts a Target on The Back of Terry Flanagan Anthony Joshua-David Price Ruled Out For The Fall By Hearn James Kirkland Arrested Over Child Support Beef Photos: Anthony Crolla, Jorge Linares Go Face To Face Photos: Glowacki, Usyk - Go Face To Face at Open Workouts Jessie Vargas: "On November 5th I Will Shut The Critics Up!" Daniel Jacobs: Brook Just Too Small To Survive Against Golovkin Golovkin Laughs at Froch, Eubank: Those Clowns Won't Fight Me! J'Leon Love Will Face Dashon Johnson on September 16 Marlon Tapales vs. Paul Butler in The Works For The Fall De La Hoya: Canelo-Smith Will Have Up To 60,000 Fans at Venue! Frampton: The UK Has 14 World Champions - Not All Are Legit! Gerard Carroll To Fight Twice In Eight Days De La Hoya: Canelo-Golovkin Won't Take 6 Years, But Not Now
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement