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RING FOUL-UP BY THE U.S.
E.M. Swift
September 26, 1988
Anthony Hembrick (left) missed his bus—and bout—and Kelcie Banks took it on the chin
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September 26, 1988

Ring Foul-up By The U.s.

Anthony Hembrick (left) missed his bus—and bout—and Kelcie Banks took it on the chin

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The statement was vintage Banks. His immense ego—he routinely hands out r�sum�s, autographed pictures of himself and business cards that read: KELCIE 'MR. MIX' BANKS, WORLD AMATEUR FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION—has grated on his teammates in the two months since the Olympic trials were held.

Sure enough, when Banks walked into the thunderous right hand of the underdog Dutchman at 1:50 of the opening round, the American went down cold, as in I-mean-cold-I-don't-mean-dropped-two-three-times-I-mean-cold cold. Banks didn't move for three nerve-wracking minutes and, after rising under his own steam, spent Sunday night in the hospital for precautionary observation.

That, it seems, is what the doctor should order for the entire USA Amateur Boxing Federation.

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