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Banks sprains ankle, drops out of Maccarinelli bout; fight could be early in '09

Updated: December 1, 2008, 8:35 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Johnathon Banks of Detroit suffered a severely sprained ankle in training, forcing him to withdraw Monday from his cruiserweight world title bout against Wales' Enzo Maccarinelli.

Banks, trained and managed by Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward, was supposed to face Maccarinelli (28-2, 21 KOs) on Saturday night in London for one of the belts vacated by David Haye when he made the move to heavyweight earlier this month.

Maccarinelli, who held the belt until being knocked out by Haye in the ...

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