Johnathon Banks (27-1-1, 18KOs) will face veteran fighter DaVarryl Williamson (27-6, 23KOs) this Friday, December 9th in Germany on the undercard to Gennady Golovkin (21-0, 18KOs) vs. Lajuan Simon (23-3-2, 12KOs). The fight was originally scheduled on the undercard of the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jean-Marc Mormeck fight scheduled for Saturday, December 10th but was rescheduled when Klitschko pulled out of the fight due to recent kidney stone surgery.
Banks has a decorated amateur career and is a former world title challenger in the cruiserweight division. He is trained by Emmanuel Steward and has worked with Wladimir Klitschko for several years. Banks is coming off three consecutive wins, and his lone loss on record comes against Tomasz Adamek who is ranked 6th in the world among heavyweights.
Williamson also has a decorated amateur career that began in 1996, and his professional career began in 2000. In 2009 he suffered a TKO loss to Ray Austin then came back two years later to face Michael Marrone. He sent Marrone to the canvas twice, winning the fight by knockout in the seventh round. At 43 years old, Williamson has a short window to make his way to the top of the heavyweight division, but a win Friday will put him on track.
Also on the card are two other undercards originally scheduled for Saturday, December 10th. Cruiserweights Isa Akberbayez (8-0, 5KOs) and Armin Dollinger (21-2, 8KOs) will meet each other in a twelve round bout, and prospect Tony Harrison (4-0, 4KOs) will face Harut Sahakyan (4-0, 1KO) in a six round fight.