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“Night of Champions” card honors Dan Goossen in style

photos by Tiffany Lam: Thursday night ESPN Boxing put on a special three-hour telecast featuring four bouts. It was all part of a stacked Goossen Promotions card at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula California dedicated to the memory of the late Dan Goossen.

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In the main event, 46-year-old Antonio Tarver was coming in off a yearlong layoff against Detroit native Johnathon Banks, who was making his ring return after a year and half off himself. The heavyweight fight started very slowly, drawing boos from the crowd. But Tarver the former light-heavyweight champion of the world, appeared to be in control, occasionally timing his opponent and landing clean left hands that buzzed him. Banks did absolutely nothing but feint and tie up, hardly throwing a punch in the early rounds. Tarver’s game plan was obvious, to lure Banks in for a big counterpunch. But would he have the speed, and power, to pull it off? Continue reading

Antonio Tarver vs. Johnathon Banks on Sept 29

Monday night boxing will arrive in the great state of Texas on September 29 when FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ sensational series Golden Boy Live! presents an explosive heavyweight showdown between former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver and top contender Johnathon Banks at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.

“I’m happy to be back in the ring and fighting in Texas for the first time,” said Tarver, who returns to action for the first time since November, 2013. “A win over Johnathon Banks is just what I need to get my shot at the heavyweight title. To come back to boxing on the same day that my son, Antonio Jr. makes his pro-debut; that’s even more rewarding.” Continue reading

Samuel Peter out of Super-8 Heavyweight Tournament, an offer is put to Johnathon Banks to take part

The full line-up is almost complete for the June 4th “Super-8” heavyweight tournament that will take place in New Zealand. According to a report in The New Zealand Herald, former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter is out, but Wladimir Klitschko trainer and top-ranked heavy Johnathon Banks has been given an offer to take part.

Peter, who would likely have been one of the most attractive/intriguing names had he boxed in the tournament, injured his calf and says fighting three times in one night (as per the formula of the tournament) is “too risky.” As a result of Peter’s withdrawal, Kiwi heavyweight Anthony Nansen has stepped in, taking on what he calls a “life-changing opportunity.” Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: Abel Sanchez, Johnathon Banks, Henry Ramirez, Seanie Monaghan, Brandon Gonzales, and Alex Martin

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “JEK III Productions” presents another two-hour, six guest edition of “The Pugilist KOrner”!!

The exclusive presentation will feature elite level trainer Abel Sanchez, expert boxing coach and Heavyweight contender Johnathon Banks, Riverside fight mentor Henry Ramirez, Light Heavyweight prospect Seanie Monaghan, Super Middleweight prospect Brandon Gonzales, and Welterweight prospect Alex Martin.

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506

Starting off tonight’s program will be elite level trainer Mr. Abel Sanchez. Triple G’s boxing mentor will discuss the latest developments regarding the potential clash between Gennady Golovkin and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on July 19th, as well as his thoughts on the May 24th bout between Mike Perez and Bryant Jennings in Corpus Christi, Texas. The always insightful fight trainer will also talk about all of the bouts on this Saturday night’s PPV event from Las Vegas, Nevada. Continue reading

The Pugilist KOrner: Johnathon Banks, Terence Crawford, Mikey Garcia, Harold Lederman, Kendo Castaneda, and Justin DeLoach

Tonight at 9PM EST/6PM PST, “The Sports Krib” proudly presents Heavyweight contender and Wladamir Klitschko trainer Johnathon Banks, Lightweight contender Terence Crawford, WBO Super Featherweight title challenger Mikey Garcia, HBO ringside scorer and commentator Harold Lederman, Lightweight prospect Kendo Castaneda, and Welterweight prospect Justin DeLoach on this week’s episode of “The Pugilist KOrner”.

Pugilist KOrner listener line: 718-506-1506 Continue reading

Videos/Quotes: Johnathon Banks, Seth Mitchell, Sakio Bika, Rau’Shee Warren

Johnathon Banks – “I don’t consider the last fight with Mitchell an upset. For me to say it was an upset would be a discredit to myself. I don’t like upsets in my life. If I didn’t think 100 percent that I was going to win, I wouldn’t have taken the fight.

“I went after him (trying to get the fight). He didn’t come after me. I think his whole bandwagon, all his people that follow him, his fans, are mad. They thought it was an upset. Me, personally? I didn’t think it was an upset.

“I’ve always been a believer of ‘if something’s not broke why try to fix it.’ I think what I did last time worked perfectly and I plan to do the same thing this time. Continue reading

Johnathon Banks vs. Seth Mitchell quotes and photos

MitchellPrepares4Banks2_Hoganphotos4SETH MITCHELL, Former NABO Heavyweight Champion

“I’m excited. It’s the first time I’m going up to Barclays Center. It’s a rematch. It’s a good fight for me. It’s pressure, but I’ve got to channel it and I’m not letting it overwhelm me. I’m excited to put the loss against Banks behind me and get this chapter of my life over with.

“I’m not even looking at it like revenge. I look at it as I took a hit and I learned from it. I came to the gym, I worked extremely hard to try to get my prep, to work on my things and to learn from my mistakes.

“I want to win, so if you want to call that revenge, then that’s revenge. Continue reading