Johnathon Banks will have to face Seth Mitchell a second time, as Golden Boy says they will exercise their rematch clause, and pair the rematch with Adrien Broner's next fight.
The RING reports this evening that Golden Boy Promotions will soon inform K2 Promotions that they'll be exercising the rematch clause that Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell has to face Johnathon Banks again, pairing the fight with Adrien Broner's next bout on HBO.
Tom Loeffler of K2 says that's no problem with them:
"We would like the rematch. Golden Boy has the rematch clause. They have 30 days from the date of the fight to exercise it, and if they exercise it then we do the rematch," said Loeffler.
Banks (29-1-1, 19 KO) knocked out Mitchell (25-1-1, 16 KO) in two rounds on November 17 in Atlantic City, slamming the brakes on Mitchell's hype train.
Personally, I think it's a very, very risky move by Golden Boy to go through with this. Seth Mitchell does have talent, and isn't a complete creation of hype, but even though he's 30, he's still a boxing baby. Banks is the same age, but is a finished fighter, a smart guy who could very easily do again what he did the first time. And that would actually really hurt Mitchell's prospects going forward.
But I think it's admirable of Mitchell to want the fight, too. He could knock out Banks, and it should be an exciting fight that I figure won't last long one way or another. Mitchell's got pride, and he wants to avenge the loss and get back on track. So at the end of the day, like I said, man, good fight. But risky for Mitchell.
Broner has no opponent lined up yet, but Ricky Burns has been mentioned as a candidate a few times. Burns fights on December 15, when he should easily defeat Jose Ocampo. Broner won the WBC lightweight title in a dominant win over Antonio DeMarco on November 17.