JOHNATHON BANKS VS. SETH MITCHELL II KICKS OFF A NEW SEASON OF
HBO’S FLAGSHIP BOXING FRANCHISE, SATURDAY, FEB. 16
HBO heads to the Jersey shore for an action-packed doubleheader headlined by a lightweight championship showdown when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: ADRIEN BRONER VS. GAVIN REES AND JOHNATHON BANKS VS. SETH MITCHELL II is seen SATURDAY, FEB. 16 at 10:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Other HBO playdates: Feb. 17 (9:45 a.m.) and 18 (11:15 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Feb. 17 (4:45 p.m.) and 19 (12:05 a.m.)
Cincinnati’s Adrien “The Problem” Broner (25-0, 21 KOs), who has been on the fast track to stardom the last two years, headlines a lightweight title bout with formidable Welsh challenger Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 18 KOs). One of the most compelling boxers around, the ferocious 23-year-old Broner is fresh off a superb 2012 that was capped by a commanding eighth-round knockout of lightweight titleholder Antonio DeMarco last November. Rees, 32, is a former junior welterweight titleholder who has been on a roll since returning to the 135-pound division, capturing the vacant European title. Now he seeks to take Broner’s belt back to Newbridge.
In the opening bout, it’s a compelling rematch of a fight that stunned the boxing community when Detroit’s Johnathon Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs) takes on Seth Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KOs) of Brandywine, Md. in a much-anticipated 12-round heavyweight contest. A former Michigan State linebacker, Mitchell turned pro after just ten amateur bouts and was favored to win their first showdown in November. Banks, who was tutored by the late Emanuel Steward since age 15, showed remarkable power, however, and scored a decisive second-round KO victory. Mitchell comes into the immediate rematch determined to turn the tables, while Banks looks to cement his dominance in this hot rivalry.
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The executive producer of HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING is Rick Bernstein; producer, Dave Harmon; director, Marc Payton.
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