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Klitschko names new trainer

World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has appointed Johnathon Banks as his new full-time trainer to succeed the late Emanuel Steward.

The Ukrainian will have Banks in his corner when he defends his WBA, IBF and WBO titles against unbeaten Pole Mariusz Wach in Hamburg on Saturday.

Steward passed away last month after a long battle with cancer, and his former assistant Banks took over training duties in September.

Banks is six years younger than Klitschko at 30 and he is still an active fighter in the heavyweight division, but the world champion is adamant he has made the right choice.

Klitschko said: "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.

"We are all missing Emanuel, who was a great friend and one of the geniuses of the sport. But his spirit is with us and I know he is around us and looking forward to this fight."

Banks has won 30 of his 32 professional contests and is scheduled to take on Seth Mitchell in Atlantic City on 17 November 17.

He said: "It's an amazing situation on both sides but I don't feel any extra pressure. It's not like I'm training a guy for a golf tournament. I'm with a fighter who has a fight, and I have a fight coming up too."