Re: World Class "Journeyman" Fighters
Some were supposed to be something special due to good amateur careers or a few good wins early on but became journeymen. Some of these guys still were close to being world class.
Larry Donald- I was never a fan of his but he was usually tough to beat and even tougher to look good against. He decisioned Jeremy Williams and stopped Bert Cooper in 7 prior to facing Bowe. He won about 1 or 2 rounds vs. Bowe but he proved he had a very good chin (he actually proved that when he took a bare knuckle shot from Bowe at the press conference). He beat Ahmed Abdin W12, Jose Ribalta KO6, Tyrell Biggs KO2, and Tim Witherspoon W12. He won 20 out of 20 rounds vs. Levi Billups and Ross Puritty just like a world class fighter should.
He stopped Phil Jackson in 5 but had to settle for a draw vs. Obed Sullivan. He lost a somewhat close fight vs. Kirk Johnson. He was stopped in the 10th round vs. V. Klitschko in a WBA title eliminator (his only KO loss).
He outboxed Holyfield over 12 rounds in 2004. He drew with Ray Austin in 2005. He lost a very close and somewhat questonable decision to Valuev in 2005. After almost a 2 year layoff he lost a lop-sided decision to Povetkin in his last pro fight.