When Johnathon Banks and Seth Mitchell met for the first time on a cold November night in Atlantic City, it seemed their career paths were heading in opposite directions.
Mitchell, then undefeated, was considered to be the best amongst a relatively weak crop of fighters that hoped to stake a claim to being the next great American heavyweight. He was a win away from securing a title shot and just had to take care of business against the seemingly light-hitting Banks.
Jonathon Banks entered the fight having more recently made a name for himself as a trainer, working with the late Emanuel Steward in the corner of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. He was considered a solid, if unspectacular, fighter that just wouldn't have enough firepower to hold off the younger Mitchell.
But that's why they fight in the ring. Banks stunned the crowd, and the boxing world, by knocking Mitchell out in the second round and derailing his rise to the top. The two will fight a rematch this Saturday night on the undercard of Malignaggi vs. Broner.
Read on for our head-to-toe breakdown of the fight.