IBF/WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has officially appointed Johnathon Banks as his new full-time trainer following the recent death of Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward.
Banks will take charge of Klitschko for the first time when the Ukrainian defends his titles in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday night.
The legendry Emanuel Steward, who was responsible for improving Wladimir’s somewhat leaky defence, passed away last month. Banks took over training Wladimir in September after Steward was taken ill.
Despite being six years younger than Klitschko at 30, Wladimir always knew he was going to select the American as his new trainer.
Klitschko said: "I knew from the beginning it was going to be Johnathon Banks.
"He is a man who has learned a lot from Emanuel and whom I met on the same day as I first met Emanuel nine years ago.
"Of course he is not Emanuel Steward but he is Johnathon Banks, and everyone has their own way of doing things. Considering everything, this camp has gone very well.
Klitschko added: "We are all missing Emanuel, who was a great friend and one of the geniuses of the sport. But his spirit is with us and I know he is around us and looking forward to this fight."
Banks, is scheduled to take on unbeaten heavyweight Seth Mitchell in Atlantic City on November 17 and feels he is in a unique situation.
Regarding training Klitschko and preparing for a fight against Mitchell, Banks said: "It’s an amazing situation on both sides but I don’t feel any extra pressure. It’s not like I’m training a guy for a golf tournament. I’m with a fighter who has a fight, and I have a fight coming up too."
November 7, 2012