Originally Posted by sas6789
Can you think of any fighters who were considered journerman but were actually world class or had world class skills?
Kevin Pompey- at his best he lost a very close fight vs. Tyrone Trice for the WBA Americas WW belt, beat Stephan Johnson W6 and W12, Buck Smith W12 for the USBA WW belt, Harold Brazier 1 out of 2 (Brazier stopped Pompey in the rematch), and drew with Nick Rupa
Buck Smith- he fought 226 pro bouts and most of his 20 losses came while he was well past prime. He went 179-20-2 (120) 25ND overall and stopped 9 times. All of the stoppage losses came very late in his career. He fought 3 ND vs. Harold Brazier (the first was a 15 rounder).
Mike Hunter- at his best he was able to clearly beat Dwight Qawi W12 in '90 for the WBC Americas CW belt, Pinklon Thomas W10 in '90, Jimmy Thunder KO4 in '90, and Ossie Ocasio W10 in '90.