Johnathon Banks won a wide decision over Nicolai Firtha today in Munich on the Klitschko vs Chisora undercard. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Detroit heavyweight Johnathon Banks won a wide unanimous decision over Akron's Nicolai Firtha today in Munich, Germany, retaining the regional NABF heavyweight title on scores of 120-108, 119-109, and 119-109. The fight may have been a bit closer than it was scored, but the right man definitely won.
Banks (28-1-1, 17 KO) is probably still best-known for his competitive 2009 loss at cruiserweight to then-champion Tomasz Adamek, and has since then became a regular on Klitschko undercards, as he's usually used as a sparring partner in their camps.
Firtha (20-10-1, 8 KO) gave his usual honest effort in the fight, but was simply not good enough.
Next up is the main event from Munich, as WBC heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko defends against Dereck Chisora. Controversy started yesterday, when Chisora slapped Klitschko at the weigh-in. This afternoon, more has cropped up, as Wladimir Klitschko and Chisora's promoter Frank Warren had an argument over Wladimir inspecting the hand wrapping process of Chisora in the locker room.
Both sides pulled a lot of attitude about the situation, with Wladimir kind of uncharacteristically being rude to BoxNation interviewer Steve Lillis. There was a brief bit of worry that the fight would not go on, as Chisora pulled off his wraps and threatened not to go to the ring, but it was sorted out, and the fight is coming up shortly.
Join us for live coverage in our round-by-round thread of what is shaping up to be a potentially explosive heavyweight main event, followed by immediate post-fight analysis.
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