Boxing - Mitchell ready to level score with Banks

Seth Mitchell says he has learned from the mistakes which saw him lose to Johnathon Banks ahead of their rematch on June 22.

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Seth Mitchell at a media workout (Golden Boy press release)

The American heavyweights provide chief support for Adrien Broner and Paul Malignaggi at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with Mitchell looking to avenge the end of his unblemished record at the fists of Banks last November.

Banks, who has run the corner of unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in his last two bouts, stunned favourite Mitchell in round two of their first fight in Atlantic City.

But Mitchell is refusing to let the pressure of needing to settle the score get to him as he prepares to try and get back to winning ways.

"I'm excited.  It's the first time I'm going up to Barclays Center,” he said at an official media workout day.  “It's a rematch. 

“It's a good fight for me.  It's pressure, but I've got to channel it and I'm not letting it overwhelm me. 

“I'm excited to put the loss against Banks behind me and get this chapter of my life over with.”

He continued: "I'm not even looking at it like revenge.  I look at it as I took a hit and I learned from it.  I came to the gym, I worked extremely hard to try to get my prep, to work on my things and to learn from my mistakes.

"I want to win, so if you want to call that revenge, then that's revenge.

"I went to my team and I said I wanted a rematch.  I've got a smart group of people around me and if they felt that I couldn't beat him, they'd have talked among themselves and come out with a different game plan. 

"I truly believe I'm better than Johnathon Banks and I will show it on the 22nd."

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Banks will turn 31 on the day of the fight, and is hoping to celebrate the milestone by proving himself to be better than Mitchell, once and for all.

"I'm very excited to get back in the ring against Seth on June 22," he said.  "Boxing is my life and you can see by my smile how I feel.

"It's been an easy transition back to boxing from my role as a trainer of Wladimir Klitschko.

"I expect a smarter and very well prepared Seth Mitchell for this rematch. I can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than in the ring.”

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