Seth Mitchell is still penciled in to face Johnathon Banks on the Khan-Garcia undercard, but a hand injury has become a concern. (Photo by Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE)
Update: Mitchell vs Banks has been canceled.
Dan Rafael reports that Seth Mitchell has suffered a hand injury training for his July 14 fight against Johnathon Banks. His first report said that Mitchell was pulling out of the fight, but Mitchell's manager denies that, and says that there is a "hand problem," but the fight is still on for now.
If there was an injury report in boxing, Mitchell would be listed as questionable, is what this amounts to. The fight might happen still. It also might not. Hand injuries are not something fighters play around with, given the long-term consequences of developing chronic hand problems. Mitchell's team says this is still on, but if they get a second opinion or anything else happens, the fight could be called off, and for good reason.
Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KO) last fought on April 28, overcoming an early scare against Chazz Witherspoon to win via third round TKO.
Banks (28-1-1, 18 KO) once challenged Tomasz Adamek for the world cruiserweight championship and didn't embarrass himself, and has since moved up to heavyweight and gone 8-0-1, largely fighting in Europe on Klitschko undercards. The Kronk-trained fighter has also served as a notable sparring partner for the Klitschkos.
The main event on HBO that evening will pit Amir Khan against Danny Garcia.