It has been a rough 48 hours for Golden Boy Promotions. A broken thumb sustained in training by heavyweight Johnathon Banks (29-1-1, 19 KO's) has forced the cancelation of his rematch with Seth Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KO's) that was to be held on February 16 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on the undercard of the WBC lightweight championship fight between Adrien Broner vs. Gavin Rees.
This news comes only days after Golden Boy announced on Monday that IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander's fight with mandatory challenger Kell Brook would be postponed due to a biceps injury to Alexander. In the midst of Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer trying to reschedule that bout (and addressing reaction to Floyd Mayweather's tweet from last night regarding a potential fight with Alexander), he must now also work on rounding out the February 16 card.
"Broner will go ahead, and what we're working on now is to see that we can move up Sakio Bika against [Nikola] Sjekloca as the opening bout. So we're working on that," said Schaefer of the WBC super middleweight eliminator that was initially scheduled on the evening's non-televised undercard.
It is unclear at this time when or if Banks-Mitchell will be rescheduled. Mitchell exercised the rematch clause after a shocking second round stoppage at the hands of Banks where he was floored three times last November. In most cases, there would be little need for a rematch given the manner in which Mitchell was beaten last year. However, the demand for a legitimate US heavyweight contender and the impact it would have on the sport drives the desire for Golden Boy to get Mitchell back in the ring as soon as possible, preferably against the man who handed him his first loss.
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