Mitchell Looking To Exercise Rematch Clause For Banks

By Robert Morales

The whole Johnathon Banks story that saw him finish training Wladimir Klitschko for his win over Mariusz Wach on Nov. 10 after their trainer, Emanuel Steward, died Oct. 25, then shocking the boxing community with that second-round TKO of previously undefeated Seth Mitchell a week later, is indeed a fine one. Unforgettable even.

What's next? Well, Banks is promoted by K-2 Promotions. Its general manager, Tom Loeffler, said Monday there was a rematch clause in the contract signed with Golden Boy. Golden Boy VP Eric Gomez on Wednesday told that Mitchell wants to exercise that clause.

"I have just been informed Seth wants the rematch," Gomez said about 5:30 p.m. West Coast time.

Gomez said he was going to check again with Mitchell on Monday to make sure that is still what he wants. If Mitchell changes his mind and decides to take a tune-up fight to get back on the winning track, Loeffler said there are several possibilities for Banks that include a rematch with Tomasz Adamek, who handed Banks his only loss in 2009 when they were cruiserweights.

"With that win it puts him right in line with some big fights," Loeffler said.

Loeffler said he wouldn't mind seeing Banks take on the winner of the Jan. 26 eliminator between Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne. That scenario is unlikely, however, given that the winner of that fight will presumably earn a shot at WBC champion Vitali Klitschko, if he continues to fight; Loeffler said Klitschko, 41, has yet to make that decision.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by iniduoh on 11-23-2012

Mitchell most definetely needs to stay away from Banks and fighters of Bank's caliber. His handlers are obviously moving him too quickly. If he wants to make it to the elite level, his defense needs to improve drastically. In boxing,…

Comment by alembic on 11-22-2012

If Mitchell gets zonked again by Banks we'll know he'll probably never reach elite level. So an immediate rematch is risky but I don't see him learning better defense by fighting a tomato can in the interim. He's got a…

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 11-22-2012

Mitchell is a really exciting fighter and he's got bollocks. I'd be happy to see him get the chance to avenge the defeat, although I'm not sure what difference it'll make.

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 11-22-2012

Rematch would end the same way as the first.

Comment by Southpaw16 on 11-22-2012

Mitchell has a really good jab, and good footwork. They need to tune down the aggression, and turn him into more of a boxer-puncher. He has the right abilities and skill set to do this. Since it's the second fight…

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