Daily Sport Reports fresh from Golden Boy Promotions interviews with Broner v Rees and Banks v Mitchell

When an undefeated Seth Mitchell stepped into the ring last November against who many thought was a blown up cruiserweight, to fight for the vacant WBC International Heavyweight and the WBO NABO titles, he was stopped dead in his tracks with a 2nd round TKO from Johnathon Banks. With Banks only showing one loss himself, to a well respected Tomasz Adamek, this has the potential to be a good tear up for Part 2. Many boxing pundits and back seat drivers are now claiming that Banks is more focused as a trainer for Wladimir Klitchko and will soon retire to pursue a career following in the footsteps of his mentor, the late great Manny Steward.

Seth Mitchell’s threw in the mix a sincere and humbled statement: “It was a tough defeat for me.  Mentally and physically I was fine after the fight, but just experiencing that first loss it was a tough pill to swallow, but I tell people it’s a gift.  I’ve been in the game for, actually, yesterday was six years all together amateur and pro, so I’m learning on the job, but I’m a quick learner and I definitely learned a lot from that fight.  And a lot of people said Emanuel Steward had a lot to do with the fight and things of that nature. I don’t really look too much into that because I said if I had gone out there and I had blown Johnathon Banks out in the first round people would have said, well, he had a lot on his plate and things of that nature, so I learned a lot.  I’m excited for this fight.  I’ve been in training camp basically since December.  I’ve been training so I’m very focused for the fight.”

Banks is rated number three right now in the WBC and number five in the WBO, yet remains focused on the task ahead as opposed to climbing any ladders or gaining any more belts at this point. Banks and Mitchell remind me of how boxing was presented back in the 1950’s when the likes of Rocky Marciano would speak to the press. Respectful and praising of their opponents, and mindful that their opponent is stepping into that ring putting their life and livelihood on the line. Banks replied to Mitchell with an equally humbling response: “As always, my hat continuously pulls off to Seth Mitchell because he always shows a lot of character, which is something I personally admire in fighters because a lot of fighters don’t do that.  So, I personally just want to take my hat off to him, as always. And I know he’s going to come back stronger.  I know he’s going to come back even more prepared than the first time and I’m really looking forward to a good competitive fight.”

The pressure is now on Mitchell as he stated to Golden Boy: “It’s not me being arrogant or anything.  But I would be lying to you if I didn’t know that this was a vital fight in my career, not to say that it’s a career ending fight, but it definitely would set me back.”

The question of whether Banks might one day fight Wladimir (Klitschko) arose. Banks response: “That’s a question that I really, really have no clue to the answer.  Yes, I am the trainer of Wladimir Klitschko, so a fight with him would be so less likely.  But all I can think about is Mitchell.  So, to be honest about it, I can’t see past that because if I don’t go past that then everything is irrelevant.”  Roll on the 16th February in Atlantic City….

Gavin Rees v Adrien Broner is the main event on the 16th February, but for many it’s seen as a mismatch. Rees remained unphased and humble during the interview and is looking top provide a surprise on the evening: “We’ll put on a good show on the 16th of February and cause a massive upset.  Adrien’s a great fighter and I can’t wait for the meet.”

Broner is obviously a rising star in world boxing, and has the makings of  big future name. On a parallel to Rees though, hardly comes off humble: ” Hey, what’s going on everybody?  You all know what to expect. I know I’m going against a guy who’s just exciting, 140 or something like that. I really haven’t heard too much of him, but I know he’s going to come and fight.  Everybody comes to win a world title when they fight for a world title. So, I’m going to train like I always do, like it’s the biggest night of my life.  It is what it is.  I’m a two time world champion, two time at the age of 23.  There aren’t too many people who can say they’re a two time world champion.”  We have to be respectful of Broner though. He’s a massive talent and possibly a future Mayweather. And on that note, Mayweather has never won any popularity contests for his bragadocio in years gone. It will take a major upset for former world champ Rees to take the WBC title off Broner on the 16th, but he will have massive support from the British public and heart of Wales.
The banter was good between the both of them, but the result is looking pretty conclusive in advance…

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