By James Slater: Yet more disappointing news regarding a postponed fight. According to Ring.tv.com, the February 16th rematch between U.S heavyweights Johnathon Banks and Seth Mitchell will need to be fought at a later date, as Banks broke his thumb in sparring.
“Johnathon Banks broke his thumb in sparring, and he will not be able to compete in the bout on February 16th against Seth Mitchell,” Richard Schaefer told the web site of The Bible of Boxing.
Banks shocked Mitchell with a 2nd-round stoppage win back in November, propelling himself to the position of best American heavyweight contender in the opinion of many. Mitchell lost his unbeaten record and was hungry for revenge. “Mayhem” will now have to wait until a new date is found for his chance.
In the meantime, Schaefer said Feb. 16th’s main event of Adrien Broner-Gavin Rees, for Broner’s WBC 135-pound title, will go ahead as scheduled, and a planned Sakio Bika-Nikola Sjekloca clash will now likely be the opening bout on HBO.
This boxing year has already suffered a number of big fight postponements; with February alone seeing Yoan Pablo Hernandez-Eric “Danger” Fields, Danny Jacobs-Zab Judah, Devon Alexander-Kell Brook (actually postponed twice now, with Floyd Mayweather Junior Tweeting how he may actually face Alexander next instead!) and now Banks-Mitchell II fall through. Hopefully we will see no more injured fighters in the coming weeks/months.