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Azad Championship Report - Mitchell gets his revenge, wins UD over Banks

Azad Championship Report
Azad Championship Report

Banks vs. Mitchell II

Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME

Report By John J. Raspanti, Doghouse Boxing

Seth Mitchell waited  six months to get Jonathon Banks back in the ring. Banks had stopped Mitchell in two rounds 29 weeks ago. Mitchell said the outcome was a fluke, while Banks insisted that he’d beat Mitchell again.

Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Mitchell avenged his loss by boxing his way to a humdrum 12-round unanimous decision victory over Banks. The fight lacked drama and drew boos from the capacity crowd.

The bout was televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing.

Scores were 115-112, 117-109, and 114-112 all for Mitchell.

Doghouseboxing had Mitchell winning the fight by two points.

In round one, Mitchell (26-1-1, 19 Kos) used his jab and took his time. He undoubtedly remembered what had happened in the first fight between the two. He resisted the urge to lunge in and fire punches. Banks (29-2,-1, 19 KOs) waited to counter.

Mitchell, 31, scored the only knockdown of the fight in round two. A short right uppercut and glancing blow to the back of the head sent Banks tumbling to the canvas. The Detroit native was up at the count of four.

In round three, history almost repeated itself.

Mitchell started the round well by landing a clubbing blow to Banks side. A wide left hook found paydirt. Banks, also 31, and celebrating his birthday, finally saw an opening with less than a minute left in the round. A quick right caused Mitchell to fall forward. A follow up punch staggered him. Mitchell reeled around the ring, but managed to survive the round. His jab was his saving grace.

In round four, Mitchell still looked unsteady on his feet. Banks landed two overhand rights. Mitchell tried to counter, but looked slow. He jabbed as Banks paused. Banks walked right into a heavy shot but waved it off.

Mitchell looked fully recovered by the end of the stanza.

In rounds five and six, Mitchell outworked an increasingly lethargic Banks. The big heavyweight from Brandywine, MD came forward and worked the body. Banks tried to lull Mitchell inside by backing up. Mitchell didn’t take the bait and kept shooting his jab. He was sticking to his game plan of staying on the outside. Banks, with his left hand on his hip, was poising more than punching.

The heavyweight chess match wasn’t exactly what the Brooklyn crowd was looking for.

Banks tried to pick it up in rounds seven and eight. Mitchell landed a combination to the head and body. His activity rate, though not whirlwind, was doubling that of Banks.

Mitchell with stunned later in round eight by a counter right. A short uppercut and left hook followed. Mitchell tried to smoother Banks on the inside. A double hook rattled Banks. Mitchell landed a combination a minute into round nine. A right to the body and left to the head connected. Mitchell mauled Banks on the inside. Two shot uppercuts jarred Banks.

In rounds 10 and 11, Mitchell continued to be the busier fighter. He tripled up on his jab. A left uppercut landed. Mitchell was leading and Banks was following. Banks went to the midsection, but little else.

Maybe he thought the fight was scheduled for 20 rounds.

The crowd didn’t like it.

Banks was told by his corner to let all go in the last round. He landed a counter hook that had no effect. Mitchell moved away and jabbed. The slugger was outworking the boxer. Banks bounced on his toes, but couldn’t land the big punch. Mitchell kept his distance and jabbed.

“I have to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” said an emotional Mitchell in the ring a few minutes after the decision was announced.

“I felt I won eight out of 12 rounds,” he added.

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