DB: Jonathon Banks is an exciting do-or-die type fighter. He’s shown he can get off the canvas to win a bout. How do you expect to be tested?
SM: I expect Banks to come prepared to win and to use his boxing abilities.
DB: Some say "a win is a win" in the sport of boxing, but this is another HBO appearance for you. What type of statement do you feel entitled to make on their airwaves?
SM: I understand that this is an entertainment business and I expect to do what I’ve been doing in the ring.
DB: This bout is being billed as a WBC semi-final eliminator. Do you think Vitali Klitschko will be around to grant a title shot to the eventual winner or do you think a vacant title will be on the line?
SM: I think Vitali will retire soon, and I’m not sure what the WBC has planned.
DB: This will be your second fight in a row in Atlantic City. How do you feel about the environment of this fight town?
SM: I like fighting in Atlantic City. It’s like a home away from home for me. The crowd is energetic and is the fans are knowledgeable about the sport of boxing.
DB: Since turning professional, you have consistently weighed in around the low 240 range. What do you think is an optimal weight for you to perform at against a naturally smaller man in Banks?
SM: The low 240s is my optimal weight. I feel good and comfortable at that weight.
DB: Your fellow contender Kubrat Pulev has begun to separate himself from the pack of young contenders. What do you have to do to keep pace with the best in the division?
SM: I just have to continue to do what I’ve been doing, and that’s winning. I also have to look impressive in doing so.
DB: Bryant Jennings is another American heavyweight prospect, who was seeking a bout with fellow unbeaten Deontay Wilder. Is it more important for you to face young peers or experienced veterans at this stage of your progression?
SM: It is important for me to face opponents that will get me ready to face the best in the sport. It doesn’t really matter if they are young or veteran boxers if they will help me become prepared.
DB: Other thoughts or news from Team Mitchell?
SM: Check out “2 Days” on HBO, featuring me and my team. Follow me on Twitter at @SethMayhem48 and please keep me in your prayers. Thank you for your time today and your support.
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