Gatekeeper (boxing)

Last updated

In boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts, a gatekeeper is a skillful and well-regarded fighter, but one who does not have the popularity or brilliance of a title contender. They are considered to be a cut above most journeymen. A gatekeeper will often have an impressive record in terms of wins versus losses but will have a difficult time getting people behind them and especially obtaining promotion.

Contents

Characteristics

Gatekeepers will frequently have the following characteristics:

Notable examples

The following fighters have all been described as gatekeepers: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Notable MMA examples

See also

Related Research Articles

Hasim Rahman American boxer

Hasim Sharif Rahman is an American retired professional boxer who competed from 1994 to 2014. He is a two-time world heavyweight champion, having held the unified WBC, IBF, IBO and lineal titles in 2001; and the WBC title again from 2005 to 2006. He was ranked as the world's top 10 heavyweight by BoxRec from 2000 to 2005, and reached his highest ranking of world No.6 at the conclusion of 2004.

Vitali Klitschko Ukrainian boxer and politician

Vitali Volodymyrovych Klitschko is a Ukrainian politician and former professional boxer. He currently serves as Mayor of Kyiv and head of the Kyiv City State Administration, having held both offices since June 2014. Klitschko is a former leader of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc and a former Member of the Ukrainian Parliament. He became actively involved in Ukrainian politics in 2005 and combined this with his professional boxing career until his retirement from the sport in 2013.

Harold Johnson (boxer) American boxer

Harold Johnson was a professional boxer. He held the World Light Heavyweight Championship from 1962 to 1963.

David Tua New Zealand boxer

Faumuina To'aletai Mafaufau David Tua, best known as David Tua, is a Samoan-born former New Zealand professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2013. A highly ranked heavyweight contender for most of his career, Tua was known for his formidable punching power, especially in his devastating left hook. He scored sixteen wins by knockout in the first round, which included knockouts of world heavyweight champions John Ruiz and Michael Moorer within thirty seconds of the first round, as well as late stoppages of world champions Oleg Maskaev and Hasim Rahman. He was ranked by BoxRec as the world's top 10 heavyweight from 1996 to 2003, reaching his highest ranking of No.3 in 1998. Tua ended his career with a knockout-to-win ratio of 82.6%. In a 2003 article by The Ring magazine, Tua was ranked 48th on a list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

Jameel McCline American boxer

Jameel McCline is an American former professional boxer. He challenged for the world heavyweight title on an unprecedented four occasions, losing all four attempts to Wladimir Klitschko, Chris Byrd, Nikolai Valuev and Samuel Peter. Despite never winning a world title, McCline did defeat former champions and top contenders in Michael Grant, Lance Whitaker, Al Cole, Cedric Boswell and Shannon Briggs. McCline retired in 2012 at the age of 42.

Edison Miranda Colombian boxer

Edison Miranda is a Colombian former professional boxer who competed from 2001 to 2014. He challenged once each for the IBF middleweight and super middleweight world titles, and was considered to be one of the most dangerous contenders at middleweight due to his exceptionally high knockout-to-win percentage.

Chad Dawson American boxer

Chad Dawson is an American professional boxer. He has held multiple light heavyweight world championships, and was one of the most highly regarded boxers in that division between 2006 and 2013. Dawson rose to prominence on the world stage in 2007, when he defeated Tomasz Adamek to become the WBC light heavyweight champion. After vacating that title, he defeated Antonio Tarver in 2008 to win the IBF and IBO titles, and defeated him in a rematch in 2009.

Allan Green American boxer

Allan Lamar Green is an American professional boxer. He is a former NABO super middleweight champion, and has challenged for world titles at both super middleweight and light heavyweight.

Odlanier Solís Fonte is a Cuban professional boxer. He has challenged once for the WBC heavyweight title in 2011, and is a former top-rated contender in that division. As an amateur heavyweight, Solis was one of the most celebrated and decorated amateur stars of the 2000s, winning a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, and three consecutive golds at the World Championships in 2001, 2003, and 2005. Odlanier Solís beat Luis Ortiz multiple times in the amateur's, never losing to him.

Arthur Abraham Armenian boxer

Avetik Grigorievich Abrahamyan, best known as Arthur Abraham, is an Armenian-German former professional boxer who competed from 2003 to 2018. He held multiple world championships in two weight classes, including the IBF middleweight title from 2005 to 2009, and the WBO super-middleweight title twice between 2012 and 2016.

Matt Hume American martial artist

Matt Hume is an American mixed martial artist. He is the founder and head trainer at AMC Pankration in Kirkland, WA, home to former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and ONE bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes. Hume has trained numerous world class fighters including Josh Barnett, Tim Boetsch Bob Sapp, Chris Leben, Hayato Sakurai, Akira Shoji, Matt Brown, Rich Franklin, Mario Miranda and Caros Fodor.

Tomasz Adamek Polish boxer

Tomasz "Tomek" Adamek is a Polish professional boxer. He is a former world champion in two weight classes, having held the WBC light heavyweight title from 2005 to 2007, and the IBF, and Ring magazine cruiserweight titles from 2008 to 2009. He also held the IBO title in 2007. Additionally he has challenged once for the WBC heavyweight title in 2011. BoxRec currently ranks Adamek as the second greatest Polish fighter of all time, pound for pound, only behind Dariusz Michalczewski. He was ranked by BoxRec as the world's top 10 fighter from 2002 to 2006, reaching his career-high ranking of No.2 in 2005, at light heavyweight; No.2 in 2007 and No.1 in 2008 at cruiserweight; and top 10 from 2009 to 2012, reaching his highest ranking of world No.5 in 2009 and 2010, at heavyweight. Three of his victorious fights received a 5-Star rating from BoxRec, each at a different weight class. Adamek is the first Polish winner of both the "Muhammad Ali Giant Athlete Award", and the first Polish boxer to win a Ring title.

Monte Barrett American boxer

Monte Barrett is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2014. He challenged once for the WBA heavyweight title in 2006, and fought many top heavyweight champions and contenders during his career.

Brian Matthew Minto is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2002 to 2016. He challenged once for the WBO cruiserweight title in 2010. During his career he faced former world champions and contenders Dillian Whyte, Joseph Parker, Axel Schulz, Luan Krasniqi,Israel Adesanya Chris Arreola, Marco Huck, Shane Cameron, Tony Tubbs, and Artur Szpilka.

Kelly Robert Pavlik is an American former professional boxer who competed from 2000 to 2012. He won the unified WBC, WBO, Ring magazine and lineal middleweight titles by defeating Jermain Taylor in 2007, and made three successful defenses before losing them to Sergio Martínez in 2010.

Travis Walker is an American boxer who was an amateur star and is currently a professional heavyweight boxer.

Bermane Stiverne is a Haitian-Canadian professional boxer who held the WBC heavyweight title for an 8-month period between 2014-2015.

Chris Arreola American boxer

Cristobal Arreola is an American professional boxer who has challenged three times for the WBC heavyweight title. He was ranked by BoxRec as the world's No.8 heavyweight at the conclusion of 2007 and as No.7 heavyweight from 2008 to 2010.

Peter Quillin American boxer

Peter Quillin is an American professional boxer who held the WBO middleweight title from 2012 to 2014.

References

  1. 1 2 Ondrizek, Troy (1 October 2006). "The Most Important Fighter in Boxing History". East Side Boxing. Archived from the original on 3 April 2012.
  2. "Edison Miranda as The Gatekeeper? Tough Gate - Boxing News". boxingscene.com.
  3. Blake Hochberger. "I Like Marquez Over Judah, Ward Over Dawson And..." The Sweet Science.
  4. "Monte Barrett: The Gatekeeper Cometh". saddoboxing.com.
  5. "Adam Kownacki gets unanimous decision over Chris Arreola as both heavyweights break CompuBox record". sportingnews.com.