Age: 30 (6-22-82)
Residence: Detroit, MI
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Record: 29-1-1 (19KO’s)
Stance: Right handed
Promoter: K2 Promotions
Manager: Rick Lazes
Trainer: Javan “Sugar” Hill
• World Ranked #3/WBC, #2/WBO, #5/IBF, #8/WBA
• WBC International Title (present)
• NABO Heavyweight Title (present)
• NABF Heavyweight Title (2010-2012)
• IBO Cruiserweight Title (2008)
• NABO Cruiserweight Title (2006-2009)
MOST RECENT FIGHT
2012 FIGHT BY FIGHT— Banks stopped undefeated top contender Seth Mitchell, 25-1-1 (19KO’s), on Saturday, November 17, 2012 in the second round at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey on HBO World Championship Boxing. Dropping Mitchell three times in the second round, referee Eddie Cotton called a halt to the destruction at the 2:37 mark of the second stanza. Wrote ESPN’s Dan Rafael, “Maybe some things are just meant to be. The script couldn’t have been better written for Banks in his major upset if a screenwriter had taken on the task. He was supposed to fight Mitchell in July, but the fight was postponed when Mitchell suffered a hand injury in his exciting third-round knockout win against Chazz Witherspoon in April and couldn’t be ready in time. It was around the time that the fight was postponed that the late Emanuel Steward, the Hall of Fame trainer and HBO announcer, first became ill. Steward had taken Banks under his wing when he was a 15-year-old amateur. Banks learned to box from Steward, spent time living with him and considered him a father figure. When Steward died in late October, his No. 1 fighter, heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, needed a trainer for his Sept. 10 title defense against Mariusz Wach and he turned to Banks, who had been in Klitschko’s training camps for years with Steward.”
“So Banks was training Klitschko for his eventual win against Wach at the same time that he was preparing to fight Mitchell. While in Klitschko’s camp in Austria, Banks, 30, of Detroit, was doing four training sessions a day — two for himself with his own trainer, Steward’s nephew Javan “Sugar” Hill, and two with Klitschko. After Klitschko beat Wach, they flew to Detroit for Steward’s memorial service this past Tuesday and then Banks went to Atlantic City for his fight, which Steward would have called as an analyst for HBO had he not gotten sick. So it was against that intense emotional backdrop, and a whole lot of tiring travel, that Banks went into the ring. Any notion that he would lack focus under the difficult circumstances evaporated as he dropped Mitchell over and over.”
On February 18, 2012, Banks defended his NABF Heavyweight Title with a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over Nicolai Firtha, 20-9-1, at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany. Scores were 120-108 and 119-109 twice.
2011 FIGHT BY FIGHT – On September 10, 2011, Banks stopped Ivica Bacurin, 11-1-1, in the
sixth round (2:59) at the Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw, Poland. Banks started off quickly dropping Bacurin in the first and led by scores of 50-44 and 50-45 twice, at the top of the stoppage…At the Atwood Stadium in Flint, Michigan, on July 2, 2011, Banks won a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Julius Long, 15-15-0, by scores 100-88 and 99-87 (twice). The action was stopped in the fifth as Long received a standing eight count and again in the eighth when Long was dropped to the canvas.
2010 FIGHT BY FIGHT – On September 11, 2010, Banks successfully defended his NABF Heavyweight Title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Saul Montana, 52-15-0, at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. Scores were 118-109, 117-110 and 116-111….Banks battled Jason Gavern, 19-7-3, in a twelve round bout on May 29, 2010, at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The bout was scored a split decision draw, 115-111 (Banks), 114-112 (Gavern) and 113-113. Banks retained his NABF Heavyweight Title…At the ESPIRIT Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany on March 20, 2010, Banks knocked out Travis Walker, 34-3-1, with a crunching right hook in the sixth round (1:51) to capture the NABF Heavyweight Title.
2009 FIGHT BY FIGHT – Banks knocked out Marcel Zeller, 22-5-0, in the first round on December 12, 2009 at the Post Finance Arena in Berne, Switzerland. A right upper cut to the chin, followed by a big left hand to the head dropped Zeller resulting in referee Bernd Hupfer stopping the bout at the 0:37 mark of the opening stanza…At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on September 26, 2009, Banks won an eight round majority decision over Javier Mora, 22-4-1, by scores of 78-74, 79-73 and 76-76….On June 20, 2009, Banks entered the heavyweight division by knocking out Paul Butlin, 12-9-0, in the seventh round (0:56) at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
2009 WORLD TITLE FIGHT – On February 27, 2009, Banks challenged IBF Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek, 36-1-0, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The fight was fought evenly over the first seven rounds before Banks was dropped by Adamek in the eighth round. Valiantly rising to his feet, Banks fought on, however the battle was stopped by referee Eddie Cotton at the 1:30 mark of the same round. Scores at the time of the stoppage were 68-65 and
67-66 twice, in favor of Adamek, for the title bout broadcast on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
2008 FIGHT BY FIGHT— On July 12, 2008, Banks won the vacant IBO Cruiserweight Title with a hard fought majority decision win over Vincenzo Rossitto, 36-5-2, at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Scores were 117-114, 115-113 and 114-114….At Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 23, 2008, Banks stopped former world champion Imamu Mayfield,
25-8-2, in the first round (1:49).
2007 FIGHT BY FIGHT— In Plymouth, Michigan, at the Compuware Arena on November 15, 2007, Banks defended the WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Derrick Brown, 13-3-3. Scores were 119-107, 118-108 and 117-109…On July 7, 2007, Banks defended the WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title with a fourth round knockout of Gustavo Enriquez, 15-7-0, at the Kolnarena in Cologne, Germany. Time of the stoppage was 1:02…On May 18, 2007, Banks stopped Lloyd Bryan, 22-15-0, in the third round in Memphis, Tennessee…Banks stopped Ralf Riemer, 6-4-1, in the first round (0:32), at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany, on March 10, 2007…On January 25, 2007, Banks won an eight round unanimous decision over Zack Page,
12-9-1, at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Scores were 79-73 twice and 78-74.
2006 FIGHT BY FIGHT— On December 16, 2006, Banks knocked out Sebastian Hill, 10-13-1, in the second round (0:41), in Detroit, MI….Banks stopped Eliseo Castillo, 20-1-1, in the fourth round on July 26, 2006, at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, New York. Time of the stoppage was 1:12 with the win earning Banks the WBO NABO Cruiserweight Title…On March 10, 2006, Banks knocked out Sebastian Hill, 10-10-1, in the first round at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI….Banks knocked out Mike Word, 3-0-1, in the fifth round on February 2, 2006, in Detroit, MI.
2005 FIGHT BY FIGHT— Banks knocked out Joe Johnson, 6-8-0, in the first round (0:37) of the scheduled eight rounder on November 4, 2005, at The Palace in Auburn Hills, MI…On August 13, 2005, Banks stopped Roosevelt Johnson, 4-4-0, in the first round (0:25) in Auburn Hills, MI….In Grand Rapids, MI, on July 9, 2005, Banks knocked out Raymond McLamore, 3-7-1, in the first round (2:28)….On April 29, 2005, Banks stopped Abdul Shabazz, 1-0-0, in the first round (0:43) at The Palace in Auburn Hills, MI…In Warren, MI, on January 28, 2005, Banks knocked out Anterio Vines, 4-4-0, in the first round (0:31)…the first of five first round knockouts in 2005.
2004 FIGHT BY FIGHT — On November 27, 2004, Banks won a four round unanimous decision over Carl Gathright, 2-5-0, at the Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana. With Gathright going down in the second round, scores were 40-35 twice and 39-36….Banks knocked out Travis Moore, 0-1-0, in the first round in Warren, MI on October 27, 2004…At the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA on September 23, 2004, Banks won a four round unanimous decision over pro debuting Tihomir Dukic by scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37…Banks made his pro debut on July 30, 2004 with a four round unanimous decision over Deandre McCole, 3-7-3, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. Scores were 40-36 on all three score cards.
AMATEUR, PERSONAL BACKGROUND:
–Three-time National Amateur Champion at 178 pounds
–Longtime training partner of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko
STRENGTHS: Excellent conditioning….knockout power in either hand…has successfully fought all over the world…terrific boxing skills….
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 31 fights…155 total rounds.
AVERAGE LENGTH OF BOUTS: 5.0 rounds
KNOCKOUT PERCENTAGE: 61.2% DISTANCE FIGHTS: 12 rounds – 8 (6-1-1)…10 rounds – 4 (4-0-0)
HIS ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO BECOME THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.