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Journeymen play a key role in the development of all boxers. Without good, tough, competitive journeymen, it's possible that the greatest boxers we've seen wouldn't have progressed to the level they did.

 

Here are a few great journeymen:

 

Len Wickwar: Widely regarded as having fought the most professional bouts in history (465).

 

Len Wickwar - Boxrec

 

Peter Buckley: One of the best journeymen of all time. The list of fighters he has fought is a "Who's who?" of the British and International boxing World. He was never knocked out in his whole career which spanned 300 bouts and was only stopped 10 times in 256 losses.

 

Peter Buckley - Boxrec

 

Reggie Strickland: Another of the most famous journeymen of all time. He fought 363 bouts which included a few future World champions.

 

Reggie Strickland - Boxrec

 

Paul Bonson: He has fought many of Britain's top talents in the last 15 years and yet has only ever been stopped 3 times in his 105 losses.

 

Paul Bonson - Boxrec

 

Others:

 

Verdell Smith: Verdell Smith - Boxrec

 

Roberto Davila: Roberto Davila - Boxrec

 

Mark Lee Dawson: Mark lee Dawson - Boxrec

 

Jamie Ambler: Jamie Ambler - Boxrec

 

Just a few to start the thread off.

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Id like to add a boxer that fights just now his name is Youssef Al Hamidi and his record stands at won 8 (KO 1) + lost 29 (KO 1) + drawn 2 = 39

 

I think he had the potential to be a very good fight if he started earlier in his career but he started at age 29 and proved very awkward early on. In 2007 onwards he lost a 1 point decision to Ricky Burns, 2 point decision to John Simpson, 1 point decision to Michael Hunter, 1 point to Anthony Crolla as well as many more close decisions.

 

He was robbed against Manchesters undefeated John Murray watch here

 

the guys not had many breaks but he could of been a very good fighter if he started earlier rather than waiting till 29 years old, maybe has the wrong coach/support. Hes had 39 fights inside 4 years of boxing, sure to take its toal on any fighter

 

But well never know what he could of been.....

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Firstly Julius Francis - Sent in to face John Ruiz in just his seventh fight, it was pretty clear he wasn't one for being developed along slowly...by the end of his career, he ended up facing;

 

Vitali Klitschko

Mike Tyson

Oleg Maskaev

Steffen Nielsen

Danny Williams

Sinan Samil Sam

Axel Schulz

Pele Reid

Volodymyr Vyrchys

Luan Krasniqi

Audley Harrison

Alexander Dimitrenko

Matt Skelton

Taras Bydenko

Roman Greenberg

Scott Gammer

...to name but a few!

 

Many top names, and he was a decent gatekeeper, with a couple of surprise wins along the way, and also gave a good indication of up and coming prospects' real levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, Emanuel Augustus;

 

This guys record reads like a "Who's Who" of boxing!

The eternal journeyman, who was actually a pretty damn good fighter, and only had a record like he did, because of the amount of good/great fighters he fought...often on short notice.

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Moved back to "world" boxing on account that some of us mention current journeymen >_>

 

Marcel Zeller

Daniel Peret (we'll all have seen him, fought Fury, Larry O, Dallas, Price, Chisora, Belshaw twice, McDermott, Dettweiller)

Lee Swaby seems to be one now as well

 

Tony Booth was a good one (Haye's Debut, Rogan, Maccarinelli twice, McDermott, Firat Arslan, Nelson, Montell Griffin, Ralf Rocchigiani)

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...just for you Gavin...

Andrey Kostin (20-16)-Quigg, Truscott, Andreas Evensen, Jamie Arthur, Nehomar Cermeno, Damaen Kelly

Mykyta Lukin (11-19-2)-Quigg, Truscott twice, Paul Hyland, Jamie McDonnell, Martin Lindsay

Yuriy Voronin (27-12-2 though now a journeyman type)-Quigg, Joe Murray, Frampton, Oleh Yefimovych, Nicky Cook, Dunne, Mzonke Fana

 

Do we accept Chris Edwards as one? He's 15-14-3

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Winston Burnett

 

A Cardiff fighter via Jamaica.

 

He actually got to 98 or 99 fights and the BBB of C tried to stop him fighting. But fortunately he got the all clear and became a centurion.

 

He turned Pro in 1980 and retired in 1994. Fought in a few divisions from Middleweight up.

Fought Mark Kaylor x2, Patrick Lumumba, Lou Gent, Noel McGee, Tom Collins, Frank Tate, Nigel Benn x2, Chris Eubank, Errol Christie and Christophe Girard. Fought in the US quite alot particualrly and the end of his career - even fighting Tim Tomashek.

 

won 20 (KO 1) + lost 98 (KO 14) + drawn 3

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Firstly Julius Francis - Sent in to face John Ruiz in just his seventh fight, it was pretty clear he wasn't one for being developed along slowly...by the end of his career, he ended up facing;

 

Vitali Klitschko

Mike Tyson

Oleg Maskaev

Steffen Nielsen

Danny Williams

Sinan Samil Sam

Axel Schulz

Pele Reid

Volodymyr Vyrchys

Luan Krasniqi

Audley Harrison

Alexander Dimitrenko

Matt Skelton

Taras Bydenko

Roman Greenberg

Scott Gammer

...to name but a few!

 

Many top names, and he was a decent gatekeeper, with a couple of surprise wins along the way, and also gave a good indication of up and coming prospects' real levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, Emanuel Augustus;

 

This guys record reads like a "Who's Who" of boxing!

The eternal journeyman, who was actually a pretty damn good fighter, and only had a record like he did, because of the amount of good/great fighters he fought...often on short notice.

 

goodp// great stuff BB!!!!

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The prince of jouneymen and professional globe-trotter fighter was Angel Robinson Garcia, check his record...has fought against three generation of top contender from lightweight at middleweight...

 

Yeah, Angel is one of the best journeyman of all time.

 

He was probably more than journeyman level even. Probably more of a very tough gatekeeper like Glen Johnson. A lot of his bouts went 10 rounds or more which is kind of rare for many journeymen.

 

He fought Wilfred Benitez, Eddie Perkins (3 times), Ismael Laguna, Esteban De Jesus, Roberto Duran, Ken Buchanan, Jose Napoles (twice), Carlos Hernandez (3 times) and every one of those bouts went the full ten rounds. That is really incredible. That's 130 rounds of boxing against some great competitors.

 

He also fought a lot of other tough competitors who were very good but i just named the elite names on his record.

 

He only lost 3 bouts by KO and they were against Willie Monroe (who had beaten Marvin Hagler 9 months earlier), Alfredo Urbina (who had beaten Eddie Perkins and would go on to fight Ramos, Hernandez, Napoles, Laguna, Locche etc) and Carmelo Bossi (who would go on to become World light middleweight champion).

 

http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=008479&cat=boxer

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He only lost 3 bouts by KO and they were against Willie Monroe (who had beaten Marvin Hagler 9 months earlier), Alfredo Urbina (who had beaten Eddie Perkins and would go on to fight Ramos, Hernandez, Napoles, Laguna, Locche etc) and Carmelo Bossi (who would go on to become World light middleweight champion).

 

I'm agree, Robinson Garcia was much more than journeyman, two of three defeats before the limit were for cut, only Urbina beat him for ko, has also lived in Italy and old men (my grandfather, ecc...) who have seen him in action have not forgotten, Italian boxing owes him a lot, Bruno Arcari recently said that the time spent in the gym with the everlasting cuban was how to make the University of boxing, is the whole generation of boxers at the time of Genoa had the opportunity to grow daily confronting with a true professor.......great, for me another king without a crown (and perhaps without a home)...

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