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Scott9945
11-26-2011, 11:10 PM
While I'm waiting to see Saul "Canelo" Alvarez fight, I was curious about different fighters who were known almost exclusively by their nicknames. I'm not talking about Sugar Ray's, Iron Mike's, or Jolting Joe's. I'm talking about:

Ronald "Winky" Wright
James "Bonecrusher" Smith
Theodore "Tiger" Flowers
Clarence "Bones" Adams
Ed "Bearcat" Wright

Please list any others you can think of.

IronDanHamza
11-26-2011, 11:26 PM
Tiger Jones
Cocoa Kid
Young Stribling
Young Corbett
Battling Siki
Battling Nelson
Sandy Saddler
Bobo Olsen
Sonny Liston
Beau Jack
Fighting Harada
Buster Douglas
Flash Elorde
Panama Al Brown

NChristo
11-26-2011, 11:27 PM
James ''Buster'' Douglas
Pernell ''Sweet Pea'' Whitaker
Ultimino ''Sugar'' Ramos
Ray ''Boom boom'' Mancini
James ''Buddy'' McGirt
Donovan ''Razor'' Ruddock
Luis ''Yory Boy'' Campas
Hector ''Macho'' Camacho

joseph5620
11-26-2011, 11:28 PM
While I'm waiting to see Saul "Canelo" Alvarez fight, I was curious about different fighters who were known almost exclusively by their nicknames. I'm not talking about Sugar Ray's, Iron Mike's, or Jolting Joe's. I'm talking about:

Ronald "Winky" Wright
James "Bonecrusher" Smith
Theodore "Tiger" Flowers
Clarence "Bones" Adams
Ed "Bearcat" Wright

Please list any others you can think of.

Everett "bigfoot" Martin. Without the nickname I wouldn't remember him. "Gentleman" Jim Corbett. " Irish" Jerry Quarry. 'Manos de piedra" Duran.

goblin213
11-26-2011, 11:29 PM
Juanma
Tito
Pacman
Marvelous

New England
11-26-2011, 11:39 PM
"kid diamond" raiymkulov
"guts" ishimatsu
evidently nobody calls angulo "alfredo," or "angulo," in mexico
he goes by perro and is referred to as el perro



and back in the day plenty of guys used a surname of course in addition to a nickname.. tre badass


"kid chocolate" (cuban bon bon)
"Battling" nelson (the durable dane)
"Kid azteca" (kid chino)


and then you have guys that are referred to by their nicknames more than others, but dont wear it around like a name like say "winky" wright might.

"el terrible" morales
"too sharp" johnson
"two pound" stevie forbes

Scott9945
11-26-2011, 11:41 PM
Tiger Jones
Cocoa Kid
Young Stribling
Young Corbett
Battling Siki
Battling Nelson
Sandy Saddler
Bobo Olsen
Sonny Liston
Beau Jack
Fighting Harada
Buster Douglas
Flash Elorde
Panama Al Brown

Wow. You came up with a lot of good ones. I'm surprised that I didn't come up with Charles "Sonny" Liston myself. Fighting Harada is a great one too because I can't even pronounce his first name.

joseph5620
11-26-2011, 11:53 PM
While I'm waiting to see Saul "Canelo" Alvarez fight, I was curious about different fighters who were known almost exclusively by their nicknames. I'm not talking about Sugar Ray's, Iron Mike's, or Jolting Joe's. I'm talking about:

Ronald "Winky" Wright
James "Bonecrusher" Smith
Theodore "Tiger" Flowers
Clarence "Bones" Adams
Ed "Bearcat" Wright

Please list any others you can think of.

:lol1: Does " smokin" Joe count Scott? I was going through some old VHS fights.Many before I was born and saw a Wilber "vampire" Johnson. Interesting personality. Also Bobby " chappie" Czyz and " Rockin" Robin Blake.

Lorily
11-27-2011, 01:20 AM
Sorry, a tiny bit off subject but.... Has Kermit Cintron always been "the killer"? I never heard anyone call him that until tonight.

Kermit "The Killer" Cintron. Hmmmmm. It doesn't fit, AT ALL. Especially after watching him tonight. I think Kermit "the wet noodle" Cintron would be more accurate after the way he looked tonight. He had absolutely nothin in his arms/punches from the sound of the first bell.

TBear
11-27-2011, 01:42 AM
Always thought it was weird that when you search "Razor" Ruddock at b@xrec it says no fighter found. Who ever called him Donovan when he was fighting?

BigStereotype
11-27-2011, 01:50 AM
Sugar Ray Robinson

I know you what you meant, but he was actually Walker Smith and changed his name to enter a tournament underage.

Bad Guy
11-27-2011, 01:59 AM
Baby Arizmendi
Battling Shaw
Little Dado
Pancho Villa
Charles "Kid" McCoy

Steak
11-27-2011, 02:28 AM
pretty shocked that Pipino Cuevas hasnt been named yet.

TBear
11-27-2011, 02:31 AM
A few semi-off topic facts,
Marvelous Marvin Hagler actually legally changed his name adding the "Marvelous"
and reportedly Lance "Mount" Whitaker legally changed his name to "Goofi" but went on a losing streak and promptly had it changed it back.

rob snell
11-27-2011, 03:27 AM
Fairbanks Sunday Times – October 28, 1906
Pugilistic Nicknames
By John H. Heath

NEW YORK.—The practice of giving nicknames to boxers has been so pronounced that few of the more capable men have escaped it. No matter whether it was done by the sporting public or writers, the boxer of any prominence whatsoever who has not had some sobriquet applied to him in sportive familiarity is a rarity. In many cases the appellation bestowed upon a fighter has been used so persistently that the public either did not learn his correct name or forgot it. In others it was just some fanciful epithet that really didn’t mean anything.

But it is a privilege supporters of boxing have reserved for themselves and they will not be denied. When one looks over a list of boxers who have been active in ring circles during the last generation he will find a set of names that runs the gamut from Colonial French to Volapuk . Sometimes the names will refer to the boxer's former occupation, to his birthplace, religion, race, nationality, or has been prompted by some peculiarity of appearance, method of fighting or some physical infirmity.

Often, however, they are misleading and could just appropriately be applied to some tree, horse or stone pillar. While in most cases but one name was given a boxer, others were given two, three and as high as half a dozen.

Bob Fitzsimmons, for instance, at different times has been called Ruby Robert, ex-blacksmith, Cornishman, New Zealander, Antipodean and the Farrier. Jim Corbett has been referred to as Gentlemen Jim, Pompadour and the ex Bank Clerk: Jim Jeffries as the Boiler Maker: John L. Sullivan as the Boston Boy and the Mighty John L.

Peter Jackson, as the Midnight Mars; Peter Maher as the Irish Champion and the Dublin Man, though he was born in Galway. Tom Sharkey has been known as the Sailor and the Able Seaman, and Jack Munroe as the Butte Miner.

Dick Moore was known as Gentleman Dick; Geoffry Thorne as Jeff; Mike Conley as the Ithaca Giant; Paddy Slavin as the Sydney Cornstalk; Joe Goddard as the Barrier Champion; Peter Everett as Mexican Pete; George Godfrey as Old Chocolate; Ed Corcoran as Denver Ed Smith; Tom Carey as Jabber Carey; Con Coughlin as the Galway Man; Joe Hugan as Philadelphia Jack O'Brien: Jim McVey as Connie McVey; Herbert Slade as the Maori, and ,Mervin Thompson as the Cleveland Thunderbolt. Amos Smith was called Mysterious Billy so he would not be confused with Philadelphia Billy, Texas (Tarantula) Billy and Australian Billy, all with the same surname.

Al Marx was called the Cowboy: William Gabig, Big Bill; George La Blanche, the Marine;
Lemuel McGreggory, the St. Joe Kid; 'Frank Craig, the Harlem Coffee Cooler; George Cole, the Trenton Tea Warmer: Bill Quinn, Scaldy Bill; Jim Watts, the Pendennis Pet; Paddy Purtell
was the original Saginaw Kid, though in later yearn it was given to George Lavigne; Eddie Carter 'was called Kid; Norman Selby , Kid McCoy; Noah Brusso, Tommy Burns: Frank Herald, Reddy and also the Nicetown Slasher; John Ferguson, Sandy: Ed Martin, Denver Kid; Jim McCormick, Texas Jim; C. A. C. Smith, the Thunderbolt.

Joe McAuliffe the Mission Boy; Charley McCarthy, Bull. Johnny Dwyer was the original Brooklyn Strong Boy, the name being applied later to Jack Fallon; Bill Bradburn was called the Stock Yards Pet; Mike Brennan was the original Montana Kid, before It was given to Dave
Campbell; Charlie Kamerer was the Fighting Dutchman and Jack Johnson is called Arthur.

Billy Layton, Jimmy Kelly, John Donaldson and Jimmy Butts were all known as Professor at different times; Jimmy Carroll, the middle weight, was called Brooklyn Jimmy, while the English lightweight of the same name was known as Foxy Jimmy; Martin Costello, was Buffalo; Jimmy Connelly, as One-Eyed, and Jim Dunn was known as Wild Bill.

Bill Hanrahan was known as Soldier Allen; Jim Ferns as the Rube ; William Doughty is
Jack Dougherty: Joe Welch, Spider Welch; Jack McAuliffe the Copper Boy; Frank Patterson was the original Butcher Boy.

Joe Gans was occasionally referred in as the Iceberg; Oscar Gardner, the Omaha Kid ; Frank Erne, the Student; Sam Fitzpatrick, the Australian Comet ;Scott Collins, Bright Eyes; Billy Welch, Young John L.: Frank McLain was the original Cuban Wonder, Emil Sanchez being called the same name later; Tommy Hogan, of Pittsburg was Kid; Joe Young fights under the name of Tommy Ryan and was dubbed "Tonsillitis Tommy”; Jack and Mike Sullivan are the Pippin Twins; Jack Dempsey was the Nonpareil; Tom Tracey, Smiling Tommy; Billy Teller, Black ****e, and Cornelius Moriarty was known as Wilmington Jack Daly.

Bill McPartland was generally called Kid; Aurello Herrera is the Mexican; Willie Fitzgerald is the Fighting Harp; George Green was the original Young Corbett . Hugh Clavin is known as both Young Erne and Yl YI by his intimates.

Jimmy Kennard was the St.Paul Kid; Mike Leonard was the Beau Brummel; Billy Vernon was the Haverstraw Brickmaker; Billy Ernst the Bushwick Dutchman; Jack Collier, the Rockaway Lifesaver; Lee Hill was called Sugar-Foot: George McFadden was Elbows: Billy Mellody is Honey; Fred Morris, Muldoon's Cyclone; James Curtin was Spider Kelly; Billy Hill, Muldoon's Pickanniny; Hiram Goldstein was called Hymie; Battling Nelson's full name Is Oscar Matthew Battling Nelson: Tom Moore is known as Young Mowatt; William Ryan is Buddy; Tom Sullivan is Brooklyn Tommy; Frank Wongo was the Indian, and Phil Powers is known as Young Donahue; Johnny Griffin was the Braintree Lad ; Ike Weir was the Belfast Spider

Tommy Kelly was the Harlem Spider; Joe Bernstein, the Ghetto Champion; Tom Palmer as the Pedlar and the Little Box of Tricks; Albert Griffith was Young Griffo; Walter Egerton was the Kentucky Rosebud; Billy Murphy was called Australian Billy and the Little Torpedo;
Wm. Broad has always been Kid to ring followers; Terry McGovern, Terrible Teddy; Austin Rice is the Iron Man: Charles Nehring is the Charley Neary who recently stopped Herrera; and Rosario Locke is called Kid. Jerome Quigley was often called the Fighting Plumber; Hughey
Napier, the Kangaroo; Jack Bonner, the Fighting Miner; Foster Walker, the Messenger Boy; Tom McCarthy, Woburn Tom; John Boyle was always called Crockey; George Kerwln, the Mystery; Frank Garrard, the Letter Carrier: and Tommy Ryan, of Philadelphia, was called Philadelphia Tommy to distinguish him from Tonsillitis Tommy.

Among the old-timers Jem Mace was the Gypsy; John Mahan was known as Steve Taylor; Dick Goodwin was Spring Heel Dick; W. Thompson was generally known as Bendigo; Bill Perry was called the Tipton Slasher many years before the present-day boxer with the same nickname, Benny Yanger, tried his hand at the game; Bill Sheriff was the Prussian, Bill Poole was known as the American boy; the famous John C. Heenan was known as the Benicia Boy; Sam Hurst was the Staleybrldge Infant, and Jack Burke was called the Irish Lad.

Barn
11-27-2011, 08:24 AM
no love for Butterbean.

Barn
11-27-2011, 08:30 AM
Young Peter Jackson.
Ted Kid Lewis.
Kid Gavilan.
Henry/Hank Armstrong.
PBF.
Jack Dempsey.
Jack Sharkey.

New England
11-27-2011, 08:54 AM
Midget Wolgast
quick tillis
boza edwards
jersey joe walcott
Prince naseem hamed
willie pep

SBleeder
11-27-2011, 09:00 AM
In 1953, a fighter known only as Graveyard Walters knocked out a fighter known only as "The Panther".

http://boxrec.com/list_bouts.php?human_id=18099&cat=boxer

It was Walters' only career victory, his only other fight being a knockout loss to Cleveland Williams.

Barn
11-27-2011, 09:53 AM
Rocky Marciano
Barbados Joe Walcott.

D-MiZe
11-27-2011, 09:55 AM
Muhammad Ali.

Barn
11-27-2011, 09:56 AM
Muhammad Ali.
That's his name.

Marchegiano
11-27-2011, 09:59 AM
no love for Butterbean.

LoL, the only one I could think of.




Rob may know, but I doubt y'all know who the **** my sig's talking about. It's quite fitting though. First the protagonist "Hero of the Bowery" Yankee Sullivan AKA James Ambrose AKA Frank Murray. Second Johnny "Hammer" Lane. Third Tom "The Butcherman" Hyer

Truth is there's a big period were pseudonyms are bigger than people.


Edit- Anyone mention the Dempseys?

IronDanHamza
11-27-2011, 10:05 AM
Can't believe I forgot Willie Pep.

Barn
11-27-2011, 10:05 AM
LoL, the only one I could think of.




Rob may know, but I doubt y'all know who the **** my sig's talking about. It's quite fitting though. First the protagonist "Hero of the Bowery" Yankee Sullivan AKA James Ambrose AKA Frank Murray. Second Johnny "Hammer" Lane. Third Tom "The Butcherman" Hyer

Truth is there's a big period were pseudonyms are bigger than people.


Edit- Anyone mention the Dempseys?
I got Jack Dempsey but not Nonpariel(spelling.)

JAB5239
11-27-2011, 12:23 PM
Two of our best posters use their names.....Kid McCoy and Battling Nelson.

Greatest1942
11-27-2011, 12:36 PM
Two of our best posters use their names.....Kid McCoy and Battling Nelson.

Saw this thread late...most have been done...Although not legal one like Kid Mccoy or bat or Willie Pep, Kenneth Howard Norton is technically feasible since we all know him by Ken Norton.

Or does in America Ken mean Kenneth?I am not sure or Joseph equals Joe or something? Since Joe Frazier is also Joseph William Frazier.

This is a bit of a question I had actually.

But Jersey Joe Walcott definitely is a nick name, since his actual is Arnold Raymond Cream. Walcott took it to honour the Barbados Walcott, which was also a nick name.

JAB5239
11-27-2011, 12:42 PM
Saw this thread late...most have been done...Although not legal one like Kid Mccoy or bat or Willie Pep, Kenneth Howard Norton is technically feasible since we all know him by Ken Norton.

Or does in America Ken mean Kenneth?I am not sure or Joseph equals Joe or something? Since Joe Frazier is also Joseph William Frazier.

This is a bit of a question I had actually.

But Jersey Joe Walcott definitely is a nick name, since his actual is Arnold Raymond Cream. Walcott took it to honour the Barbados Walcott, which was also a nick name.

Ken is just short for Kenneth as Joe is for Joseph, at least here in the United States.

NChristo
11-27-2011, 12:43 PM
Can't believe I forgot Willie Pep.

Willie Pep wasn't his nickname though, his nickname was 'Will O The Wisp', didn't he just change his name to make it easier to pronounce kinda like Marciano did ?.

JAB5239
11-27-2011, 12:47 PM
Willie Pep wasn't his nickname though, his nickname was 'Will O The Wisp', didn't he just change his name to make it easier to pronounce kinda like Marciano did ?.

Gugliermo Papaleo. Willie Pep is MUCH easier to say. :D

Alec900
11-27-2011, 01:13 PM
first one come to mind is baby arizmendi

The Surgeon
11-27-2011, 01:39 PM
Kid Azteca

Gunboat Smith

Something Jr
11-27-2011, 01:52 PM
'Hitman' Hearns

'Hands of Stone' Duran

SBleeder
11-27-2011, 03:28 PM
Panama Lewis
Cocoa Kid

Kid McCoy
11-27-2011, 06:15 PM
Gorilla Jones
Khaosai Galaxy
Fireman Jim Flynn

IronDanHamza
11-27-2011, 06:33 PM
Willie Pep wasn't his nickname though, his nickname was 'Will O The Wisp', didn't he just change his name to make it easier to pronounce kinda like Marciano did ?.

Yeah, absolutely.

I guess I'm going off topic, kind of.

Just thinking of names in general used that aren't their actual names I.e Willie Pep or like you said Marciano.

When the Thread Title is specific to Nicknames.

So yeah, you're right.

Scott9945
11-27-2011, 10:31 PM
'Hitman' Hearns

'Hands of Stone' Duran

But everyone knew their first names. See thread title.

SBleeder
11-28-2011, 07:52 AM
But everyone knew their first names. See thread title.

Yeah. Everyone knows Timothy Hearns and Gilberto Duran.

Greatest1942
11-28-2011, 02:57 PM
Ken is just short for Kenneth as Joe is for Joseph, at least here in the United States.

Then Jersey Joe is the only contribution of mine.:boxing:

goblin213
11-28-2011, 03:02 PM
Kid Pambele
Buzzsaw Yamabe