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Johnathon Banks

Johnathon Banks
Real name Johnathon Maurice Banks
Nickname(s) Mr. Banks
Rated at Heavyweight
Nationality American
Born (1982-06-22) June 22, 1982
Southfield, Michigan, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 33
Wins 29
Wins by KO 19
Losses 3
Draws 1

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


  • Early life 1
  • Amateur career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • IBO Cruiserweight Championship 3.1
    • IBF Cruiserweight Championship 3.2
    • WBC Heavweight Semi-Final Eliminator 3.3
  • Work as a trainer 4
  • Professional boxing record 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

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

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

He fights out of the Kronk Gym in Detroit.

Banks became the current NABO Cruiserweight Champion after his last fight, knocking out Eliseo Castillo in the fourth round.

After victory's 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

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

IBF Cruiserweight Championship

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

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

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.[1]

Professional boxing record

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


  1. ^ Wladimir Klitschko's trainer will be in Dillian Whyte's corner this weekend. Sky Sports.
  2. ^ Boxing record for Johnathon Banks.

External links

  • Johnathon Banks' Official Website
  • The Official Website of the Kronk Gym
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
Title last held by
Tomasz Adamek
World Cruiserweight Champion
IBO recognition

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