Johnathon Banks

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Johnathon Banks
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Real nameJohnathon Maurice Banks
Nickname(s)Mr. Banks
Weight(s)Heavyweight
Cruiserweight
NationalityAmerican
Born (1982-06-22) June 22, 1982 (age 36)
Southfield, Michigan, U.S.
StanceOrthodox
Boxing record
Total fights33
Wins29
Wins by KO19
Losses3
Draws1

Johnathon Maurice Banks (born June 22, 1982) is an American former professional boxer and former IBO cruiserweight champion. He currently works as a boxing trainer, most notably for former heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, and was himself trained by the late Emanuel Steward.

Early life[edit]

Banks started playing the piano in middle school, but boxing soon took over and dominated that desire. He was told by his maternal Grandfather at the age of two weeks that he would be a great boxer one day.

Amateur career[edit]

Prior to turning professional, Banks enjoyed a successful amateur career that saw him become a three-time National Amateur Champion at 178 lbs.

Professional career[edit]

He fought out of the Kronk Gym in Detroit.

Banks became the NABO Cruiserweight Champion, knocking out Eliseo Castillo in the fourth round.

After victories over Derrick Brown (13-3-3) and Imamu Mayfield (25-8-2) Banks lined himself up for a title clash for the IBO Cruiserweight title.

IBO Cruiserweight Championship[edit]

On July 12 Banks fought Vincenzo Rossitto for the vacant IBO Cruiserweight Championship, Johnathon won by a majority decision.

IBF Cruiserweight Championship[edit]

He then fought Tomasz Adamek for the IBF Cruiserweight Championship title on February 27 in Newark, NJ at the Prudential Center. Banks was unsuccessful and was knocked out in the eighth round.

WBC Heavweight Semi-Final Eliminator[edit]

Banks was set to fight undefeated prospect Seth Mitchell on November 17, 2012 in Atlantic City. He defeated Seth Mitchell by a second-round knockout. In a 2013 rematch, however, Banks dropped a unanimous decision to Mitchell.

Work as a trainer[edit]

After the passing of Emmanuel Steward, Banks assumed the role of head trainer of heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko. In July 2015 Jonathon Banks replaced Chris Okoh as Dillian Whyte's trainer after the latter got injured. As of May 4 of 2019, Gennady Golovkin introduced Banks as his new head coach. [1]

Professional boxing record[edit]

29 Wins (19 knockouts), 3 Losses, 1 Draw[2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 29-3-1 United States Antonio Tarver TKO 7 (10) 2014-12-11 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Loss 29-2-1 United States Seth Mitchell UD 12 2013-06-22 United States Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York Lost WBC International HW title. Banks down in 2nd round.
Win 29-1-1 United States Seth Mitchell TKO 2(12),2:37 2012-11-17 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey Won vacant WBC International HW title. Won NABO Heavyweight Title.
WBC Heavweight Semi-Final Eliminator.
Win 28-1-1 United States Nicolai Firtha UD 12 2012-02-18 Germany Munich, Bayern, Germany NABF Heavyweight Title. 120-108, 119-109, 119-109.
Win 27-1-1 Croatia Ivica Bacurin KO 6 2011-09-10 Poland Wroclaw, Poland Bacurin knocked out at 2:59 of the sixth round.
Win 26-1-1 New Zealand Julius Long UD 10 2011-07-02 Michigan Flint, Michigan, United States 100-88, 99-87, 99-87.
Win 25-1-1 Mexico Saul Montana UD 12 2010-09-11 Germany Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany NABF Heavyweight Title. 118-109, 117-110, 116-111.
Draw 24-1-1 United States Jason Gavern SD 12 2010-05-29 Germany Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany NABF Heavyweight Title. 113-113, 112-114, 115-111.
Win 24-1 United States Travis Walker TKO 6 2010-03-20 Germany Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany NABF Heavyweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:51 of the sixth round.
Win 23-1 Germany Marcel Zeller TKO 1 2009-12-12 Switzerland Bern, Switzerland Referee stopped the bout at 0:37 of the first round.
Win 22-1 Mexico Javier Mora MD 8 2009-09-26 California Los Angeles, California, United States 78-74, 79-73, 76-76.
Win 21-1 United Kingdom Paul Butlin KO 7 2009-06-20 Germany Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany Butlin knocked out at 0:56 of the seventh round.
Loss 20-1 Poland Tomasz Adamek TKO 8 2009-02-27 New Jersey Newark, New Jersey, United States IBF World Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:30 of the eighth round.
Win 20-0 Italy Vincenzo Rossitto MD 12 2008-07-12 Germany Altona, Hamburg, Germany IBO World Cruiserweight Title. 115-113, 114-114, 117-114.
Win 19-0 United States Imamu Mayfield TKO 1 2008-02-23 New York (state) New York City, United States Referee stopped the bout at 1:49 of the first round.
Win 18-0 United States Derrick Brown UD 12 2007-11-15 Michigan Plymouth, Michigan, United States WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title. 118-108, 119-107, 117-109.
Win 17-0 Mexico Gustavo Enriquez TKO 4 2007-07-07 Germany Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title. Referee stopped the bout at 1:02 of the fourth round.
Win 16-0 Jamaica Lloyd Bryan TKO 3 2007-05-18 Tennessee Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 15-0 Germany Ralf Riemer TKO 1 2007-03-10 Germany Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, United States
Win 14-0 United States Zack Page UD 8 2007-01-25 Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 79-73, 79-73, 78-74.
Win 13-0 United States Sebastian Hill KO 2 2006-12-16 Michigan Detroit, Michigan, United States Hill knocked out at 0:41 of the second round.
Win 12-0 Cuba Eliseo Castillo KO 4 2006-07-26 New York (state) New York City, United States WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title. Castillo knocked out at 1:12 of the fourth round.
Win 11-0 United States Sebastian Hill TKO 1 2006-03-10 Michigan Detroit, Michigan, United States Referee stopped the bout at 3:00 of the first round.
Win 10-0 United States Mike Word KO 5 2006-02-02 Michigan Detroit, Michigan, United States Word knocked out at 1:45 of the fifth round.
Win 9-0 United States Joe Johnson KO 1 2005-11-04 Michigan Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States Johnson knocked out at 0:37 of the first round.
Win 8-0 United States Roosevelt Johnson KO 1 2005-08-13 Michigan Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States Johnson knocked out at 0:26 of the first round.
Win 7-0 United States Raymond McLamore KO 1 2005-07-09 Michigan Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States McLamore knocked out at 2:28 of the first round.
Win 6-0 United States Abdul Shabazz KO 1 2005-04-29 Michigan Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States Shabazz knocked out at 0:43 of the first round.
Win 5-0 United States Anterio Vines KO 1 2005-01-28 Michigan Warren, Michigan, United States Vines knocked out at 0:31 of the first round.
Win 4-0 United States Carl Gathright UD 4 2004-11-27 Indiana Rising Sun, Indiana, United States 40-35, 40-35, 39-36.
Win 3-0 United States Travis Moore KO 1 2004-10-27 Michigan Warren, Michigan, United States
Win 2-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Tihomir Dukic UD 4 2004-09-23 California Temecula, California, United States 39-37, 40-36, 40-36.
Win 1-0 United States Deandre McCole UD 4 2004-07-30 Connecticut Uncasville, Connecticut, United States 40-36, 40-36, 40-36.

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Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Mariusz Wach
WBC International Heavyweight Champion
November 17, 2012 – June 22, 2013
Succeeded by
Seth Mitchell
Preceded by
Seth Mitchell
WBO NABO Heavyweight Champion
November 17, 2012 – June 22, 2013
Titles in pretence
Vacant
Title last held by
Tomasz Adamek
World Cruiserweight Champion
IBO recognition

July 12, 2008 – February 27, 2009
Vacant after loss to Adamek
Vacant
Title next held by
Danny Green