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HBO returning Broner, Mitchell-Banks 2 to Boardwalk Hall
A thrilling heavyweight with the power to end a bout with a single blow, Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KO’s) is eager for the opportunity to avenge his only professional loss against Banks. A former standout linebacker at Michigan State University, Mitchell tore through his opposition in the boxing ring for over four years, most notably beating Taurus Sykes, Timur Ibragimov and Chazz Witherspoon, all by knockout. Now he’ll have to show the resilience of a champion as he attempts to even the score on February 16
Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KO’s) is seriously developing into a major ‘problem’ and Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KO’s) will next realize why on Saturday, February 16, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. HBO will air Broner’s WBC lightweight title defense against Rees, along with the rematch between heavyweights Jonathan Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs) and Seth Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KOs).
The ‘World Championship Boxing’ telecast begins at 10:30 p.m./ET/PT.
“We’re pleased to bring fans another exciting night of boxing live from Atlantic City in the beginning of 2013,” said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya. “We are witnessing the emergence of Adrien Broner as a superstar in the sport and now he faces his next test in Gavin Rees who, with his ring experience and already proven tenacity, should give Adrien a very tough fight.”
With Jonathon Banks vs. Seth Mitchell we are going to see if Seth can overcome defeat and disappointment and avenge his loss to Jonathon in the same ring they fought in this past November. I’m looking forward to a great night of fights and a great show.”
Boardwalk Hall was the site of Broner’s last fight, an impressive technical knockout of Antonio DeMarco to capture the WBC lightweight title. The 23 year-old Cincinnati native is really being pushed hard to become a new bright face in the sport. His performances are exciting and his commentary is catchy with fans. Broner is young, undefeated, and is already a two-division world champion.
“Atlantic City here we come again and it will be great to have my first fight of 2013 in the same ring and place as my last fight of 2012,” said Broner. “I see the outcome of this fight against Rees being similar to my last fight as I plan to knock him out in too. I am a two-time world champion now, feel great at this weight and can’t wait to show the world why I am the best boxing has to offer. A new year, a new era and it starts on February 16.”
Rees, unbeaten in his last 11 contests, only has one defeat which was to former world champion Andriy Kotelnik in 2008. Rees is at the peak of his career and is expected to fight well agaist Broner.
The night Broner won his world title was on the same card boxing witnessed a huge upset when Jonathan Banks stopped Seth Mitchell inside of two rounds. Mitchell was once projected to be an opponent for unified IBF/WBA and WBO/IBO/Ring Magazine heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2013.
Banks, along with Klitschko were both trained by Emmanuel Steward. Once Steward died last fall, Banks assumed the lead-trainer role for Klitschko while training for his fight with Mitchell. Banks had no problems, in fact, he had an easy time whipping Mitchell around the ring. Mitchell was dropped several times.
“I’m very excited and motivated for this rematch against Johnathon Banks,” said Mitchell. “My training is going well. This is the first time I’ve been away from my family during training camp. I’m very fortunate and blessed to be back on this stage for my next fight.”
Banks strongly believes he will defeat Mitchell once again. Mitchell, a former Michigan State linebacker, simply doesn’t have the conditioning or experience to compete with Banks.
“Here we go again. Same thing, different day,” said Banks. “I’m looking forward to putting on another terrific performance for the fans in Atlantic City and those watching on HBO. I will prove again that I’m the best at what I do.”
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