Heavyweights Mitchell, Banks connected in several ways
9:48PM EST November 16. 2012 - The heavyweight showdown Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City could come down to which fighter is more inspired.
Johnathon Banks, the 30-year-old from Detroit, has plenty behind his source of inspiration.
Banks is still reeling from the death of his longtime mentor and father figure, the great trainer Emanuel Steward, who died Oct. 25 at the age of 68. Banks worked his way up the boxing ladder with Steward at Detroit's Kronk Gym, learning most everything he knows from the master cornerman.
Ironically, Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell's source of inspiration also comes from the state of Michigan.
Mitchell, 30, a former Michigan State University linebacker, bleeds Spartan green, and his alma mater is having a rough go of it this fall, sitting 5-5 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten. He would love nothing more than to give his old team a boost by beating a man from Detroit.