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Bryant Jennings ready to step in for Johnathon Banks against Seth Mitchell

Heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings is willing to replace Johnathon Banks and face Seth Mitchell on February 16 on HBO.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

With Johnathon Banks withdrawing from his February 16 rematch with Seth Mitchell today due to a broken thumb, another American heavyweight is offering to fill the void and face "Mayhem," as Bryant Jennings is being offered by promoter Russell Peltz for the show.

Jennings (16-0, 8 KO) has been calling out Wladimir Klitschko, and Peltz said they're going to keep barking at the division's biggest names until someone fights his guy.

"If we cannot get Klitschko, we'll keep calling out all the other heavyweights until one of them decides to fight Bryant," Peltz said. "Today's fighters have to get in shape. The old-timers stayed in shape and Jennings trains like the old-timers-he's always ready.

"I spoke with Eric Gomez (Golden Boy matchmaker) today and told him Jennings was ready, willing and able."

While some might not think much of Jennings' chances with Klitschko, a fight between Jennings and Mitchell is likely a lot more palatable for those same folks, a more evenly-matched contest between a couple of guys still looking to leave their footprint on the division and work into those bigger fights.

Jennings' manager and trainer Fred Jenkins is also on board with the idea. "Let them put the money on the table they gave to Chazz Witherspoon or to Jonathon Banks and we'll be happy to accommodate them. We're right here in Philadelphia and we'll bring plenty of fans to the fight."

For now, the plan is to run with the Broner-Rees main event on February 16, and possibly bump the Sakio Bika-Nikola Sjekloca fight to the televised card on HBO.

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