EXCLUSIVE: Johnathon Banks rules out fighting either Klitschko

WBC number two Johnathon Banks has categorically dismissed any chance of him fighting heavyweight champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko in the future.

The 30 year-old from Detroit blew the division wide open with a comprehensive beating of unbeaten prospect Seth Mitchell earlier this month. The fight was an eliminator to instantly catapult himself into contention with to face Vitali.

Talk has already surfaced that Mitchell’s promoters Golden Boy may have a return clause in place to set up another clash between the two. Banks isn’t too concerned about sharing the ring with the former American footballer again.

“As of today that is the best victory of my career,” Banks told World Boxing News. “I don’t feel that he was easy to hit. But I got the win.

“If another fight with Seth is what my people are agreeing to, then I will take the rematch. It’s not a problem.”


Banks has already been linked with several names following his impressive second-round stoppage win at the Boardwalk Hall.

WBA title-holder Alexander Povetkin is high on his own personal list of priorities.

“As far as 2013 goes no names come to mind. But I would like to fight for the WBA heavyweight title, ” he stated.

“I have no idea about fighting the likes of David Haye. But I would rate Tyson Fury as a top contender and a future world champion.

“As for fighting one of the Klitschko brothers, it would be like fighting my family. I don’t see myself doing that.

“Next year, I definitely hope to achieve the WBA heavyweight title.”

Phil Jay is Editor of WBN. An Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay