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Banks Preferred Another Road, But Credits Seth Mitchell

By Keith Idec

Johnathon Banks barely had time to enjoy his victory over Seth Mitchell before the heavyweight from Detroit learned for sure that his reward would be to meet Mitchell again three months later.

“I definitely wanted to move on to something different,” Banks, 30, said while discussing their Feb. 16 rematch at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. “I wouldn’t say bigger or better [things] of any kind, but I would’ve wanted to move on to something different. But, I mean, you’ve got to go with what’s in black and white. He chose the rematch clause. That’s what he wanted, so that’s what we’re going to do.”

The 30-year-old Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KOs), a former Michigan State linebacker from Brandywine, Md., had an immediate rematch clause in black and white. He asked adviser Al Haymon about exercising it in the dressing room Nov. 17 at Boardwalk Hall, just moments after Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs) stopped him in the second round of their HBO-televised slugfest.

Though slightly disappointed that he wouldn’t get the opportunity to fight someone else, Banks couldn’t help but admire Mitchell’s determination.

“I can’t stop taking my hat off to this dude,” said Banks, who knocked Mitchell to canvas three times in the second round before referee Eddie Cotton called a halt to their fight. “I would’ve done the same thing if I was in his position. He’s a true fighter at heart. That’s what fighters do. I wasn’t shocked about it, but I thought I would’ve been doing something different.

“But it didn’t totally shock me because going into the fight I knew what type of guy I was facing. I knew I was facing an extremely relentless dude that was coming straight forward, that was coming for a victory. ... So I wasn’t surprised that he wanted [a rematch]. There’s no resentment in it, as far as I should be doing something else. It’s just what’s in front of me and that’s basically what I’m focusing on.”

Banks obviously believes he’ll overcome Mitchell again, but he stopped short of predicting another knockout win.

“I look forward to a victory,” Banks said. “I didn’t how the first one was going to come and I don’t know how the second one’s going to come. But I’m confident about Johnathon and I do believe I’ll be victorious.”

The Banks-Mitchell rematch will open another HBO doubleheader that’ll feature unbeaten WBC lightweight champ Adrien Broner in the main event. Cincinnati’s Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) is scheduled to make his first defense of his 135-pound crown against Wales’ Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KOs).

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 Bushbaby on 01-14-2013

[QUOTE=ElBossHogg™;12916706]LMFAO this basically is telling banks, you werent supposed to win so you gonna have to rematch mitchell so we can give mitchell another chance to win.[/QUOTE] At least you didn't call me a [B]d[/B]ckrider or a racist right!!!:439:

Comment by ElBossHogg™ on 01-14-2013

LMFAO this basically is telling banks, you werent supposed to win so you gonna have to rematch mitchell so we can give mitchell another chance to win.

Comment by ddangerous on 01-14-2013

[QUOTE=Roy Jones Jnr;12915872]Credit to Mitchell for the having the heart and balls to step straight back into the ring with the guy who just knocked him out. Not an easy thing to do, and not something many would do.[/QUOTE] Agreed,…

Comment by joe strong on 01-14-2013

[QUOTE=Ray Corso;12915756]Rematch for a NON-titled bout gets silly sometimes. Poor Banks is stuck with a repeat bout that is meaningless to him. As for Seth he could just move on to another opponent at his stage he needs to see…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 01-14-2013

[QUOTE=jlcelestine;12915819]when is the last time Banks was on HBO? Seth Mitchell punched his ticket to Premium Cable two times back to back, looking at the bright side.[/QUOTE] Exactly. Seth Mitchell has been the best thing that ever happened to Jonathon…

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