JOHNATHON BANKS, Newly crowned NABO & WBC International Heavyweight Champion [Scored a second round knockout win over Seth Mitchell.]
“I have so much momentum going right now. All I can think about is how thankful I am for Emanuel Steward. Without boxing, I wouldn’t be here and he taught me the game of boxing.
“Emanuel was with me in spirit. He was in my ear telling me to keep moving and keep boxing. He was with me the whole time. I dedicate this victory to Emanuel.
“He never saw my left hook.
“He wasn’t experienced enough to hold or grab onto me after I hurt him.
“Sparring with Wladimir is a dirty job, but someone has to do it.
“I was very motivated for this fight. I’m not just an opponent.
“He’s a big strong guy, but I hurt him and he didn’t know what to do.
“I knew I had a very strong and determined guy in front of me.
“I am ready to continue my rise to the top.
“I want to thank Seth Mitchell and his whole team for their attitude. They didn’t have to take this fight. A lot of times, you don’t see first-rate guys in boxing. Seth is a first rate guy.”
SETH MITCHELL, Former NABO Heavyweight Champion
“I could have gotten through the [second] round, but the ref did what he had to do.
“I’m good. He caught me and he dazed me. I am upset.
“In the second round, the game plan was to be smart. I was trying not to get caught, but then I threw a looping shot and he did what he was supposed to do, he counter-punched me.
“I will bounce back. This might set me back a little bit, but don’t be sorry for me, be sorry for my next opponent.
“I congratulate Johnathon. He caught me in that first round, but I threw some shots that I know he felt.
“I got a little reckless and he capitalized on my reaching, countered and he did what he was supposed to do.
“Of course I am disappointed, but physically, I’m great. I want to get back to the drawing board.
“Johnathon Banks, I wish you continued success.”