Johnathon Banks Injured

By Robert Ecksel on February 6, 2013
Johnathon Banks Injured
Anyone who thinks that Banks is pulling a fast one needs to have their head examined.


They say bad things come in threes. First it was Danny Garcia’s rib injury, which forced the cancellation of his fight with Zab Judah. Then it was Devon Alexander’s bicep injury, which forced the cancellation of his fight with Kell Brook. And now it’s Johnathon Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs) who has broken his thumb, which has forced the cancellation of his eagerly anticipated Feb. 16 rematch with Seth Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KOs).

That Banks suffered an injury is no surprise. It’s surprising that more fighters aren’t injured more often. Boxing is a hard sport, and training for a fight is often as dangerous as the fight itself. Boxers train themselves to fight through the pain, but not all pain is created equal.

Anyone who thinks Banks wanted out of this fight and is pulling a fast one needs to have their head examined. That’s not Johnathon Banks. No doubt he’s as disappointed, probably more disappointed, than the rest of us, and that includes Seth Mitchell.

The cancellation of the bout is a blow to the HBO card that will be broadcast from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The main event between WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) and Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KOs) will go on as scheduled, at least until one of them is injured while training; but that bout—which some have likened, perhaps unfairly, to Bambi vs. Godzilla—is of less interest than the now defunct Banks-Mitchell rematch.

Sakio Bika (30-5-2, 21 KOs) vs. Nikola Sjekloca (25-0, 7 KOs) will replace Johnathon Banks vs. Seth Mitchell II. It won’t be the same, but when has anything ever been the same?

Johnathon Banks speaks

“I was sparring on Monday and I felt something wrong with my right thumb while we were in the ring,” he said. “On Tuesday, I went to a hand specialist here in Detroit. There is a broken bone in the thumb and he diagnosed that it would take six weeks to heal.

“I was having a terrific camp and was truly looking forward to meeting Seth again. Hopefully the bout can be rescheduled soon and I can get back in the ring in the near future.”

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  1. Mike Casey 02:59pm, 02/07/2013

    LOL! Yeah, I know, Ted!

  2. the thresher 12:37pm, 02/07/2013

    Mike, many of OUR football players commit suicide or get murdered or commit a murder in the off season. :(

  3. Mike Casey 05:00am, 02/07/2013

    As a little aside, our football season here in the UK breaks for around three months to give the players some much needed rest and to heal niggling injuries. Many use this time to break their legs by skiing or indulging in some other risky pursuit. Even those who take it easy somehow managed to get smashed up. One player came back after the break to tell his coach that he had broken his ankle by falling backwards over his coffee table whilst watching TV. His startled coach told the press: “Even blind drunk, I just don’t know how anyone can manage to do that.”

  4. Clarence George 02:31pm, 02/06/2013

    Ha!  Good one, Irish.

  5. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo (aka) Gimpel 02:29pm, 02/06/2013

    Robert Ecksel-Seth has his eyes closed in the photo above….not surprising because he closes his eyes when he throws punches as well!

  6. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo (aka) Gimpel 02:25pm, 02/06/2013

    Clarence George-Nikola with seven big kayos on his resume is set to take on Sakio “The Beast” Bika….very much like showing up at a gunfight with a knife! Anyway it will be interesting to see if the beating he just signed up for will improve his morale!

  7. AKT 02:16pm, 02/06/2013

    Bambi/Godzilla comparison to Rees/Broner has to be the funniest thing I’ve read all day! Gavin won’t appreciate that though Robert.

    Excellent piece as usual though.

  8. Clarence George 01:41pm, 02/06/2013

    Nicely done, with just the right—and amusing—amount of acid.

    I particularly like “The main event…will go on as scheduled, at least until one of them is injured while training”.  Somewhat similar in cadence and sentiment to “The beatings will continue until morale improves.”

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