Triple G's Trainer: Golovkin Prefers New York Over Vegas

New York is Triple G's "home away from home," Johnathon Banks says; Vegas, meanwhile, is where he "got robbed"

October 01, 2019 - 8:55 am
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In 2012, Wladimir Klitschko asked Johnathan Banks to train him. Banks had never trained another fighter, but he accepted the invitation – even though he was training for a fight of his own.

“He fought Nov. 10, 2012, in Hamburg, Germany, and my fight was Nov. 17, 2012, in Atlantic City, New Jersey,” Banks said on Ferrall on the Bench. “So I trained him for that fight, and he won that fight.”

Klitschko beat Mariusz Wach by unanimous decision, and Banks beat Seth Mitchell a week later.

Banks, 37, recently became Gennady Golovkin’s trainer. Triple G will fight Sergiy Derevyanchenko this Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

“New York is his home away from home,” Banks said of Triple G. “He loves New York.”

Does he love fighting in New York more than he loves fighting in Vegas?

“Of course,” Banks said. “If I got robbed in Vegas and never got robbed in New York, which one would I prefer? I’d prefer New York.”

Banks, of course, is referring to Triple G’s fights with Canelo Alvarez. The first ended in a draw; the second ended with a majority decision win for Canelo. 

Banks became Triple G’s trainer after the second Alvarez fight. Triple G (39-1-1) annihilated Steve Rolls in June, registering the fourth-round knockout. 

Banks’ job is to challenge Triple G, but also keep him happy. It’s to make him enjoy the grind.

“Triple G loves what he do,” Banks said. “You love what you do. Radio, podcast, all this stuff. But if you had to wear something you didn’t like or if you had to do something you didn’t like, you’re doing what you love, but you’re not happy. You’re not happy no more. Now it’s considered work because you’re not happy. Fighters, they’re all different in their own little ways, and I think it’s important to make sure these individuals stay happy so they can perform at the highest level.”

So far, so good.

“The power is there,” Banks said. “That’s already known. But now it’s time to open up everything else. The boy is really talented. I like his power. I like his speed, and I like his defense. I’m trying to get him to use more of both of them because I just think that would make him a completely better fighter.”

Triple G is 37, but he’s as dedicated as ever to the sport.

“G is one of those guys, he really lives boxing,” Banks said. “This is not a side hustle for him. He consistently works out a couple days during the week, he don’t eat junk food – he don’t blow up. This is a lifestyle for him.”

Click below to listen to Banks’ interview in its entirety.