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Jonathon Banks Shocks Heavily Favored Seth Mitchell with Second Round Stoppage

Jacqueline Purcell Sunday, November 18, 2012 Featured No Comments

In an exciting fight to start the HBO televised card, heavyweight prospect and former college football player, Seth Mitchell was stopped in the second round by Emanuel Steward’s protégé, Jonathon Banks, after being knocked down three times.

It has been quite the week for Banks, who resumed training duties over Wladimir Klitschko when Steward, who recently passed away, became ill. Klitschko defended his heavyweight championship a week ago against Mariusz Wach in Germany. Banks was then on hand in Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday to honor Steward at a memorial service held in his honor, and then it was on to Atlantic City, New Jersey for fight week.

Going into a fight where he was widely touted as the underdog with very few members of the boxing community picking him to win, he came into the ring with a goal in sight. Dedicating the fight to the memory of his departed mentor, Banks the trainer seemed to pick apart the mistakes that Mitchell made, and Banks the fighter was ever so skillful in taking advantage of them.

The first round was a feeling out round with Mitchell dominating the CompuBox statistics. The second round was nothing of the sort. Banks came out of the corner at the sound of the bell and held nothing back, reining down some huge shots on Mitchell. He appeared to easily hurt Mitchell early in the round, putting him down twice before the referee called a halt to the bout at 2:37 of the second round.

Some will say that this fight is proof that Mitchell, the late bloomer, who started his career at age twenty-five, does not have what it takes to make it in the heavyweight division. Others will say that it was simply the case of the veteran taking advantage of the new kid’s mistakes. I think we can all agree that Emanuel Steward would say thank you to his protégé for making him proud.

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Jacqueline has been a boxing fan since she began wearing lip-gloss. Under the tutelage of her father, who fans of Tha Boxing Voice know as Big Mike, she has been attending fights and gaining knowledge for over ten years. Inheriting Mikes affinity for the Legendary Blue Horizon and Philadelphia fighters in general, she keeps a level head and approaches boxing the same way she does shoes - with pure vigor! Maintaining loyalty to the fighters she has followed since the beginning she may not always be objective, but she is always knowledgeable. Always willing to go to a fight, she will sit anywhere -high school gyms, run down warehouses, or even Madison Square garden. Jacqueline brings a blondes eye view from ringside to her writing that she share with us here on follow @jacquelinet713

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