How quickly things changes in the heavyweight division. Four days earlier, Banks attended the memorial service for Steward, his mentor and father figure since the age of 15. And three days before that, Banks was in Germany working the corner of Wladimir Klitschko - trained by Steward since 2004 - as the heavyweight champion successfully defended his title against Mariusz Wach. Now the 30-year-old Banks (29-1-1, 19 KOs) is in line for a title shot -- possibly against his own fighter, though a shot against WBA beltholder Alexander Povetkin is more likely.
For Mitchell (25-1-1, 19 KOs), it's back to the drawing board. He has the physical tools to be a contender but was exposed - at this point in his career - as far too inexperienced (plus a suspect chin) to compete at anything approaching a world class level.