|birth date||1982-06-22 / age 28|
|rating||10 / 10791 / 396|
|height||6′ 3″ / 191cm|
|reach||76″ / 193cm|
|residence||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
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Johnathon Maurice Banks (born 22 June 1982) is known as a talented heavyweight with fast hands and one-punch KO power. He is the current NABF Heavyweight champion, ranked 5th in the world by the WBC. A recent fighter signed to the K2 Promotions roster, he is the chief training partner to the Klitschko brothers. Banks is born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and trains out of the World famous Kronk Gym under the guidance of Emanuel Steward. As Banks has fought throughout the US, Germany is considered to be his second home since he has built up a large fan base in Germany fighting a total of ten times in the country.
Before turning professional, Banks was a 3-time Amateur National Champion. He was also a talented piano player but boxing soon took over as he realized his calling was to become heavyweight champion of the world. Banks made his successful professional boxing debut as a cruiserweight in July 2004 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Conneticut against Deandre McCole.
Banks climbed up the ranks in the cruiserweight division by winning the NABO championship and compiling a record 20 wins with no defeats. As he continued to compile more victories in the cruiserweight division , he fought for his first world title in 2008, defeating Vincenzo Rossitto by 12 round decision, winning the IBO Cruiserweight Championship of the World. Shortly after, Banks earned a shot against IBF Champion Tomasz Adamek. Although he suffered his first loss of his career in the Adamek fight, he decided to move up to the heavyweight division. Banks is now undefeated as a heavyweight and is rated among the top ten best heavyweight in the world.