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10 of boxing’s best road warriors

Glen Johnson
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DeMarcus Corley, featured in this week's Boxing News, is without doubt boxing’s premier road warrior in 2019, but many others have walked a similar path

1. Eddie Perkins

In a 20-year pro career, Perkins boxed in 24 different countries and was stopped just once in 98 fights. As well as his native USA, he boxed in Mexico, Venezuela, Italy, France, Czechoslovakia, Japan, Jamaica, Canada, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Ecuador, England, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, Japan, Austria, Chile, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Germany.

2. Angel Robinson Garcia

Talented Cuban playboy Garcia showed flashes of ability in his 239-fight pro career but ultimately succumbed to the lure of holidays and the high life. He competed in his homeland, the USA, Venezuela, Panama, Mexico, Jamaica, France, Italy, Tunisia, Switzerland, the Ivory Coast, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Finland, England, Algeria, Denmark, Austria, Puerto Rico and Canada.

3. Glen Johnson

Johnson, a Jamaican-born American, had to work his way up from the bottom to get to the top. He made his debut in the USA, then boxed in the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Aruba, Germany, Italy, England, Canada, Dominican Republic, Zaire and Denmark. He used this experience to become world light-heavyweight champion in 2004. 

4. Brian Mitchell

After winning the WBA featherweight title in 1986, Mitchell was ordered by the WBA to make subsequent defences of the belt abroad due to South Africa’s apartheid policy. It was then he became a true road warrior, defending his belt 12 times in countries such as Puerto Rico, Panama, France, Italy, Spain, England and the USA.

5. Winky Wright

Though he would later become one of the pound-for-pound best boxers on the planet, Wright had to initially do things the hard way and started out plying his trade in Holland, Germany, Argentina, England and South Africa. He also boxed 12 times in France.

Winky Wright
Winky Wright earned his position (Stephanie Trapp/TGB)

6. Emanuel Augustus

The unorthodox and gifted Augustus gave some of the world’s best a tough time in a 17-year professional career and strutted his stuff in Puerto Rico, Germany, Denmark, England, Canada, Russia and New Zealand.

7. Jorge Castro

Castro did most of his work in his native Argentina but never showed an aversion to travelling overseas. In 144 pro fights, he managed to see France, Spain, the USA, Mexico, Japan, Panama, Germany, New Zealand and South Africa. He also won the WBA middleweight title in 1994.

8. Lolenga Mock

Still active in 2019 at the age of 47, Mock has now been a professional for 28 years and has been stopped only once in 60 fights. In this time, he has boxed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ivory Coast, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Denmark, Germany, England, Canada, Croatia, Italy and Poland.

9. Sam Soliman

Australia’s Soliman has taken his awkward brand of boxing to England, the USA, Fiji, Germany, Holland and Japan. He won the IBF middleweight title in 2014, when beating Felix Sturm in Germany, and had by then more than earned it.

10. Thulani Malinga

After starting his career in his native South Africa, Malinga boxed for his first world title in Germany against Graciano Rocchigiani, then never looked back. Fights in Puerto Rico, Colombia and Italy were to follow before Malinga met Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn in Britain in 1992. He finished with four bouts in Denmark.

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