A club fighter
) is a professional boxer
who usually fights locally and has a mediocre record. Club fighters generally are not nationally recognized and have not won any fights that show the ability to win a championship. The term is often used as a pejorative
for over-hyped fighters or for older boxers when they begin to decline. 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.
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. A journeyman is slightly more respected than a club fighter—often by way of having a superficially good record. But, a club fighter is more respected than a bum, who loses nearly every fight.