Club fighter

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A club fighter (or clubfighter) is a professional boxer who usually fights locally and has a mediocre record.wikipedia
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For example, Floyd Mayweather Jr. called Arturo Gatti "a blown-up club fighter", even though Gatti was the WBC super lightweight champion at the time.
Before the fight Mayweather was confident, describing Gatti as "a C+ fighter," "a fake" and "a blown-up club fighter".

Boxing

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A club fighter (or clubfighter) is a professional boxer who usually fights locally and has a mediocre record.

Pejorative

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The term is often used as a pejorative for over-hyped fighters or for older boxers when they begin to decline.

Arturo Gatti

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For example, Floyd Mayweather Jr. called Arturo Gatti "a blown-up club fighter", even though Gatti was the WBC super lightweight champion at the time.

World Boxing Council

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For example, Floyd Mayweather Jr. called Arturo Gatti "a blown-up club fighter", even though Gatti was the WBC super lightweight champion at the time.

Light welterweight

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For example, Floyd Mayweather Jr. called Arturo Gatti "a blown-up club fighter", even though Gatti was the WBC super lightweight champion at the time.

Journeyman (boxing)

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A club fighter is less respected than a contender, who defeats journeymen and club fighters in order to establish himself as a challenger for a world title.

Rocky

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Rocky, a small-time club fighter, gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship.

David Bostice

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Nicknamed "The Boss", Bostice is known for being a regular fighter on ESPN fight cards, and is a heavyweight clubfighter who fought several significant fighters of his era.

Chin (combat sports)

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Many clubfighters and journeymen may have glass chins, although it may depend on weight class or sometimes legs.

Louis Monaco

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Nicknamed "The Facelifter," Monaco is a clubfighter who fought several significant fighters of his era.

Kevin Johnson (boxer)

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Three fights later in 2004 he handily beat well-known clubfighter Robert Wiggins, who was 19–3–1 at the time.

Taras Bidenko

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He later moved to Germany where he lost his second fight to hard-punching Vladimir Virchis by late KO (he was leading at that point) but beat amateur star Alex Mazikin and several clubfighters like George Arias and Cisse Salif.

Eric Esch

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While the majority of his opponents were technically limited club-level fighters early in his career, he did move up the ranks to win the IBA Super Heavyweight Championship on April 12, 1997 with a second round technical knockout of Ed White at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Travis Kauffman

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Kauffman followed up with a pair of early knockouts against clubfighters Cliff Couser and southpaw Livin Castillo.

Robert Hawkins (boxer)

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Hawkins seemed destined for permanent clubfighter status before scoring an upset win over Terry Smith in late 2007.

Johnny (2003 film)

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Years later, from a small time club fighter, Johnny becomes a mixed martial arts coach.

Aaron Williams (boxer)

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His best wins so far are over well-known clubfighters Zach Page (record 11-7) and Charles Davis (17-11-1).

Sugar Ray Robinson

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Boxer Neil Morrison, at the time a fugitive and accused robber, signed up for the fight as Bill Henderson, a capable club fighter.

James Smith (boxer)

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However he lost his world ranking and all his momentum in November 1991 when he dropped a shocking 10-round decision to club fighter Levi Billups who had a patchy 15–5 record.

Jimmy Ellis (boxer)

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Ellis came back with a knockout win against club fighter Memphis Al Jones, but with his skills in decline, he went winless in his next five fights.

Josué Blocus

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He then fought only five times over the next five years before getting outpointed in 2002 by Friday Ahunanya and knocked out by club fighter Guerrero (record 15-6).

T. J. Wilson (boxer)

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He turned pro afterwards but suffered a major disappointment getting knocked out by clubfighter Willie Chapman.