Heavyweight Johnathon Banks was advised by Wladimir Klitschko not to face Seth Mitchell after having suffered a broken right thumb during a sparring session on Monday.
Puerto Rican junior lightweight Felix Verdejo will be after his second straight win against an opponent to be determined on the undercard of a Jan. 19 clash between Orlando Salido and Mikey Garcia at Madison Square Garden.
Deontay Wilder on sparring with Wladimir Klitschko:”We were just going to war in there…After the first day, Wladimir said, ‘Deontay, you’re the fastest heavyweight I’ve ever been in the ring with.’”
Johnathon Banks on late trainer Emanuel Steward: “I can still hear his words, ‘You can’t win unless you let your hands go. Be first. Be in control.’
Adrien Broner: “With the talent that I have, the type of guy that I am, the charisma that I have, I knew that there would be some point in time when boxing will revolve around Adrien Broner.”
RING heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko dominated Mariusz Wach for his 17th straight win on Saturday.
Boxer-turned-trainer Johnathon Banks on the spirit of Emanuel Steward: “It’s so thick that you can cut it with a knife. I mean, it’s really, really thick. This spirit has been within me for years, and his words have been in my head for years.”