After losing two months ago for the first time in his career, Seth Mitchell is set for a rematch against Johnathon Banks on Feb. 16 in Atlantic City, N.J., a fight that's a virtual must-win for the boxer from Brandywine in Prince George's County if he is to continue his pursuit of the unified heavyweight championship of the world.
Banks-Mitchell II will take place at Boardwalk Hall, the site of their bout Nov.17, in which Banks knocked down his heavily favored opponent three times. Referee Eddie Cotton stopped the fight at 2 minutes, 37 seconds of the second round after Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 knockouts) hit the canvas for a third time.
Banks had connected authoritatively on his 25th of 42 power shots. Mitchell, meantime, landed 11 of 43 power punches in what was supposed to have been the next step toward perhaps fighting Wladimir Klitschko for the world heavyweight title.
"Thanks to Johnathon, I didn't enjoy my Thanksgiving," Mitchell said in a conference call Thursday to announce the fight, a co-main event to World Boxing Council lightweight champion Adrien Broner's match against Gavin Rees. "Even though I was watching my wife, she was cooking dinner and everything, and the kids were running around, all the blessing that I have around me, but I still had that sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach."
After the bout, Mitchell used a rematch clause to ensure he would have a second fight against Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs).