Wladimir Klitschko appoints Johnathon Banks as new trainer

Klitschko appoints Banks as trainer
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Johnathon Banks will take charge of Wladimir Klitschko's training regime following the death of Emanuel Steward.

Wladimir Klitschko has named Johnathon Banks as his new trainer.

The world heavyweight champion's previous trainer, Emanuel Steward, died last month following a battle with cancer.

Banks was Steward's assistant, and has been in charge of the Ukrainian's training since September.

Klitschko told Sky Sports News: "I knew from the beginning it was going to be Johnathon Banks.

"He is a man who has learned a lot from Emanuel and whom I met on the same day as I first met Emanuel nine years ago.

"Of course he is not Emanuel Steward but he is Johnathon Banks, and everyone has their own way of doing things. Considering everything, this camp has gone very well."

Banks, 30, is still an active fighter, having won 30 of his 32 professional bouts.

Emmanuel Steward in 1999
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